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When Is Ramadan?

The auspicious month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation, and celebration. To help you prepare for the blessed month of Ramadan, we have provided the key dates below.

When is Ramadan 2024?

The Islamic Calendar follows the phases of the moon, commonly known as the lunar cycle. As a result, the Holy month of Ramadan falls approximately 10 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar. The Ramadan start date for 2024 is expected to fall on 10 or 11 March (with the possible variation of a few days) following the sighting of the moon over Mecca or respective countries. Lasting for 29 or 30 days, Ramadan will end around 9 April, with the celebratory days of Eid al-Fitr estimated to start around 10 April, again with a possible difference of a couple of days.

When Is Ramadan?

Key Ramadan 2024 Dates at a Glance

When does Ramadan 2024 start?

10 or 11 March.

How long is Ramadan 2024?

29 or 30 days, depending on moonsighting.

 When does Ramadan 2024 end?

Around 9 or 10 April.

When is Laylat al-Qadr 2024?

Laylat-al-Qadr is one of the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan and the 27th night, according to some hadith narrations. 27th Ramadan might fall on 7 April. Remember to keep checking the Muslim Aid website for an updated Islamic calendar.

 When Does Eid al-Fitr 2024 Start?

Eid-al-Fitr 2024 might fall on or near 10 April, depending on moonsighting.


Sawm is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and the Arabic word for ‘fasting’. Fasting is a key part of Ramadan and requires all Muslims of able body and sound mind to fast during this holy month. Sawm takes place every day from dawn to sunset. Muslim Aid’s Ramadan timetable of daylight hours makes it easier for believers to prepare for the fasting days. It is important to familiarise oneself with the fasting times in order to avoid mistakes that can lead to nullification of the fast.

 The sunset and the start of Maghrib prayers mark the end of the day's fast. It is traditional to break the fast with dates, which is a Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and contains many health benefits. Iftar is normally a nice meal eaten together with family and friends.

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, meaning ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, is the important celebration that follows the month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr does not begin until the sighting of the moon, which is expected to take place before or on 9 April. It is a time of joy, a time of sharing smiles, giving gifts to children and spending time with loved ones. Check with your local mosque for confirmation of dates and any community activities that are taking place near you.

Zakat al-Fitr

Before the end of Ramadan and the special Eid al-Fitr prayer, all Muslims are required to make Zakat al-Fitr, a compulsory donation traditionally comprising a staple food item. Zakat-al-Fitr aims to help the less fortunate enjoy the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. You can donate your Zakat al-Fitr through Muslim Aid, and our team will distribute food items on your behalf to those who need it most.

 Zakat al-Fitr has to be paid at the end of Ramadan, but you can donate it a few days in advance to ensure it reaches the deserving people on time. Some people choose to make their donation of Zakat or Zakat-al-Fitr on Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power), which is amongst the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan. The Night of Power is a special night in which charitable deeds are multiplied.

Refer to our Ramadan calendar 2024 to help you plan the best time to make your donation.

For around £5 per person, you can donate your Zakat al-Fitr to Muslim Aid. With your donation, our team will buy and provide a nutritious meal to someone living in poverty. Please give generously this Ramadan and help Muslim Aid provide for needy individuals and communities around the world.

Ramadan Mubarak from all of us here at Muslim Aid.

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