The Blessed month of Ramadan is upon us once again - a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration.
As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Sunday 5th May 2020, depending on the sighting of the moon.
One of the five Pillars of Islam, sawm will begin a few hours after the sighting of the moon at sunrise and continue until sunset. It is essential to familiarise yourself with the dates and times for Ramadan 2020, as anyone who is still eating their pre-dawn meal (suhoor) following the completion of the call to prayer (Fajr) is disqualified from that day’s fast.
The day’s fast is completed at sunset and the Maghrib prayers begin. It is traditional to end your fast by eating dates before the evening meal with family and friends.
Eid al-Fitr will take place as the Holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, the date when Eid is celebrated is dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Once the sighting is confirmed, the festival of Eid al-Fitr can begin.
Eid al-Fitr for 2020 is on Sunday 24th May 2020, subject to moon sighting, so it's always best to check with your local Mosque for confirmation nearer the time.