Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. It is a time where Muslims unite and observe fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, an obligation for all Muslims. It signifies the auspicious month in which the Holy Qur’an was presented to Prophet Muhammad PBUH, as guidance for all mankind. Ramadan is a month full of prayers, giving to charity and endless blessing.
Ramadan 2018 is anticipated to start on the 16th May this year and end on the 15th June.
The month of Ramadan is followed by the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, a festival that marks the end of Ramadan. It is a day where Muslims rejoice and thank Allah SWT for granting them the privilege, the will and strength to complete this blessed month. Traditionally, Muslims unite to perform the congregational Eid Prayers in the morning, donate to charity for those less fortunate than themselves and then enjoy a feast amongst family and friends. The day also involves an obligatory donation, calledZakat-ul-Fitr, which is to be given before the Eid prayer. It is a very small contribution and applies to all Muslims, of all ages. For more information on Eid-ul-Fitr, click here.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2018 is expected to fall on the 15th June 2018, depending on the sighting of the moon.