• Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness. - Tariq Ramadan

  • "(It was) the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…"

  • "Allah is with those who restrain themselves.
    Be thankful for everything that Allah(SWT) has given you!
    Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the fire.“
    ~ Ahmad, Saheeh

  • The month of Ramadan is the world's most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective).

Ramadan 2017

According to the Islamic calendar, the holy month of Ramadan in year 2017 will be observed from May 27 to June 25. You can read here everything about Ramadan including what is Ramadan, when it starts, when it ends, Ramadan rules and much more.

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What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a Muslim festival that is observed as the month of fasting by Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and represents the time when the holy Quran was first shown to the Prophet Mohamed. For this whole month, Muslim community observes fasting that is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Each and every person who follows Quran observes fasting during the month of Ramadan. These people include all Muslims who have attended puberty and even some children, who are willing to do this. The festival of Ramadan is considered to burn the sins of its observers. Those, who observe fasting with pure heart and willingness during the month of Ramadan, said to be blessed by Allah. The meaning of the word Ramadan in Arabic is scorching heat or dryness.

The month of Ramadan lasts for 29-30 days during which Muslims restrain from eating or drinking anything during day hours.

Read complete Ramadan Rules & Fasting Rules

It is obligatory for all adult Muslims to observe fasting during the month of Ramadan except those, who are ill or travelling or pregnant or not physically able to observe the fasting. Read the complete list of rules at the link above.

Apart from fasting, another significance of Ramadan is to increase offering of prayers and recitation of the Quran. Ramadan is a month of noble deeds and good thoughts.

When is Ramadan (when does Ramadan start)?

Ramadan starts from the first date of the ninth month of Islamic calendar. It usually falls in June every year. In 2017, Ramadan month will be observed from 27th May.

End of Ramadan (when does Ramadan end)?

Ramadan ends on the 29th or 30th day from the starting date of Ramadan month. The last day of the month of fasting is celebrated as Eid or Eid al-Fitr, one of the biggest festivals of the Muslim community.

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Some of the common religious practices followed during Ramadan include :-

Fasting: Refraining from eating or drinking for daylight hours.

Suhoor: Pre-fast meal observed just before dawn each day of the month of Ramadan.

Iftar: The food to break the fast in the evening, soon after sunset. Iftar usually includes the food of dates.

Charity: Charity is said to be one of the noblest deeds. It has very much importance in Islam and especially in the month of Ramadan. The concept behind refraining from eating is to experience the suffering of poor and in turn, to be more kind.

Prayers: It is said in the Quran that Muslims must spent most of their time during Ramadan in prayers and in reciting the Quran.