The Blessed month of Ramadan is upon us once again - a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration.
The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and as a result of this, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. This year’s Ramadan start date is expected to fall on Thursday 23 April 2020, subject to the sighting of the moon, and is expected to conclude on Saturday 23rd May 2020.
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 with our timetable, 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 can 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, however, the date when Eid is celebrated is dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Once the sighting is confirmed, the festival can begin.
Eid al-Fitr for 2020 is anticipated to fall on Saturday 23rd May 2020 or Sunday 24th May 2020. As with the start of Ramadan, this is subject to official sighting of the moon, so it is always best to check with your local Mosque for confirmation nearer the time.
Zakat al-Fitr is a charitable donation that is made before the end of Ramadan in the last few days of fasting. This obligatory donation is given to pay for a meal for someone who is going hungry. Many Muslims choose to may this donation on the night of power, Laylat al-Qadr, which falls in the last 10 days of the Holy month. Please refer to the Ramadan calendar 2020to plan when is best to make your donation.
If you haven’t paid your Zakat al-Fitr, you can click here to donate today. When you give Zakat al-Fitr, your fasting is increased in reward. At a rate of £5 per person, your donation will provide a nutritious meal for someone who is living in poverty. The head of the household is allowed to make this contribution on behalf of those under their care.