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When is Ramadan 2017? Date, Observance, Celebration

When is Ramadan: Date, Observance, Charity

Ramadan this year, like all Ramadan observances, will occur during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan typically lasts for 29 – 30 days. Ramadan dates will vary from year to year because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar, which is several days shorter than the solar calendar. The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of Ramadan. Therefore, the exact timing of Ramadan will vary from location to location because the sighting of the moon on the first day of Ramadan will vary based on geographic location.

Some things to be expected during Ramadan are fasting, devotion and purification. Muslims are expected to fast during the daylight hours for the sake of their God, Allah. They also are encouraged to pray more often and reflect on their lives to bring forth positive change. Ramadan is a time for total body and mind reflection, and all focus is turned to God to strengthen the spiritual bond. Self-sacrifice is expected and many Muslims are expected to resist any and all temptations, including engaging in sex. All practicing Muslims are expected to participate in Ramadan. Even younger Muslims take part in this observance. During Ramadan, all Muslims that have reached puberty will be expected to begin the practice of Ramadan.

Top 10 Facts About Ramadan

Ramadan Dates:

  • Ramadan 2019 began in the evening of
    Sunday, 5 May
  • and ends in the evening of
    Tuesday, 4 June
  • Ramadan 2020 will begin in the evening of
    Thursday, 23 April
  • and ends in the evening of
    Saturday, 23 May
  • Ramadan 2021 will begin in the evening of
    Monday, 12 April
  • and ends in the evening of
    Tuesday, 11 May

*Dates may vary.

5 ways to be charitable in Ramadan

Ramadan encourages you to share your blessings with other people.

Muslim Ummah all over the world is observing the holy month of Ramadan with zeal and zest. The much-awaited time of the year is about to enter its third and last Ashra, with Muslims trying to revitalize their Imaan and cleanse their soul by engaging in long hours of dedicated worship of Allah.

Ramadan is an embodiment of spiritual and physical worship to cleanse you of evil while experiencing the woes of the poor. It is a reminder for Muslims that if Allah has blessed them with abundance, they should be willing to share Allah’s blessings with their brothers and sisters. With the establishment of this fundamental pillar, Islam has asserted that no Muslim can go hungry if the Ummah is united.

Here is how you can be charitable during Ramadan this year in 5 different ways; little acts that may go a long way to earn you an eternal abode in Paradise.

  • Help the ones who cannot afford Suhur and Iftar
    Be mindful of the people around you who work hard and don’t have the resources to observe Suhur and Iftar. These may be normal workers who are away from their families, working alone in the city to provide for their loved ones. These people may not have the time to make Suhur or Iftar. Please be sure to include them in your happiness, after all, additional flat bread or a plate of fruits will not hurt the household.
  • Help the ones preparing food for you at home
    Please be mindful of the women in the house. It is not their duty to prepare food for Iftar and Suhur. Lend an extra hand; cut the fruits, knead the dough. Men are built to be more robust, make sure you prove that by doing more than your wives and daughters and get your fair share of sawab.
  • Do not mock the ones who cannot fast
    Some people, like the manual labor, may not fast due to the arduous nature of their jobs. Builders and masons work in the scorching heat, which results in tremendous water loss. It’s difficult to fast under these circumstances. Go easy on them and do not condemn them for not fasting. It is a matter of belief. You can hand them over cold water bottles to beat the heat while they work during the day under the sun.
  • Remember your less privileged brothers on Eid
    Save up every day for the Eid and give that money to the poor at the end of the month. They have equal rights to wear new clothes and enjoy the end of this Holy month. Make sure you include them in your happiness.
  • Instead of wasting food, share your meals with others
    Finally, try to provide Iftar for as many people as you can. The excessive food that is mostly thrown away, if shared, might be a meal for somebody. Just by proper planning and management, you can earn a lot of sawab and right your wrongs.

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