When is Ramadan in UK?Islam is the second largest religion in UK, having 2.8 million Muslim followers which makes 4.5% of the entire UK population, approximately. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar which is lunar based and is 29 to 30 days long. 1st Ramadan 2017 in United Kingdom will begin from 27th May for the communities that follows Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, Ramadan moon crescent visibility by naked eye is impossible and by use of optical aid is very much thin on the evening of 26th May. So as per local sighting, the first day of Ramadan 1438 will be on Sunday, 28th May. Unlikely start date, its much expected that the last day of Ramadan Kareem in all UK will be observed on 25th June.(Dates may vary, wait till official announcements)
Ramadan Calendar 2017 UK With Suhoor-o-Iftar TimingsCalculation Method: Muslim World League
Each year, Ramadan schedule moves 11 to 12 days back and, gradually shifts from one season to another. Because Isalmic / Hijri calendar has 11-12 days shorter than Gregorian or a Solar calendar.
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Dates of Ramadan in UK
|Year||First Day of Ramadan||Last Day of Ramadan|
|2015||Thursday, June 18||Friday, July 17|
|2016||Tuesday, June 7||Wednesday, July 6|
|2017||Saturday, May 27||Sunday, June 25|
|2018||Thursday, May 17||Thursday, June 14|
|2019||Monday, May 6||Tuesday, June 4|
|2020||Friday, April 24||Saturday, May 23|
|2021||Tuesday, April 13||Wednesday, May 12|
|2022||Sunday, April 3||Monday, May 2|
|2023||Thursday, March 23||Friday, April 21|
|2024||Monday, March 11||Tuesday, April 9|
About Ramadan MonthRamadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar, known for being the month in which Muslims practice the fast on daily basis from Dawn until the sun sets. For Muslims all over the world, start of holy month of Ramadan Mubarak means the start of devoted worshipping, dawn-to-dusk fasts and delicious food. It is important to know exactly why Muslims fast.
Importance of Fasting During RamadanFasting firstly indicates one’s submission to God and obedience to what He has ordered. After that, it is one of the pillars of Islam in addition to Hajj, alms etc and therefore becomes binding on every Muslim to fast when they come of age. It is to make one feel the pain of the less fortunate people and those who face hunger almost all year round. During this month, a lot of charities are also made, that too as an act of worship and humanity. Fasting can also be said to be a practice of self-control. That self restraint is both physical and spiritual.
Physical control is in a way that the person has to stay away from food and water for as long as he is fasting. During this time he is fighting against the impulses of munching in between meals and the craving that one has for food. Spiritual control comes when the person ahs to stay away from all evil acts while he is fasting and even after that. He will avoid watching movies, listening to songs, backbiting or just generally making anyone sad. When physically fasting clears your body from unwanted toxic chemicals, it also clears you spiritually by awakening positive vibes and making you used to that routine.
Ramadan fasting makes man a pious human being. He moves away from all worldly desires and spends most of his time worshipping and doing well, all of this eventually assures his character building. It also makes him more responsible and punctual. In Ramadan, a routine is being followed from dawn till sunset. The person who is fasting learns how to manage all daily chores around that time and to make sure that it all gets completed beforehand. He feels responsible and the self pressure of completing tasks before time is what actually helps to make them punctual.
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Iftar In RamadanThe fast is opened at sunset with a large feast which is commonly referred to as iftar. Everyone in their own house tries their best to include as much delicious food as they can because this is the most anticipated moment of the day and everyone looks forward to it. Juices are made because water is always the integral part of iftar. Even in mosques and open places, tents are set up and under them plates of iftar are made ready for anyone and everyone to come and join. This act of inviting others on iftar is one of the most loved acts by God in Ramadan. It has also been talked about by the Prophet P.B.U.H.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
This tells us how important it is for us to take care of the poor especially during the month of Ramadan and earn rewards.