Ramadan is the most celebrated holy month of Islam all around the world. Millions of Muslims celebrate this holy month with great happiness in their own way. Briefly, all of them compliment it with devoting maximum hours of the day to praying and reciting the holy book of ALLAH–QURAN. The length of the fasting hours also varies for Muslims all around the world depending upon there location. On a brief note, the fast typical lasts for 11 to 16 hours for many parts of the world except, polar regions where its exceeded in summers.
It is the month to seek forgiveness from the only leader–ALLAH.
When Does Ramadan Start in 2019
RAMADAN–the ninth month of the Islamic calendar begins when the last full moon of sha’ban appears. It is marked by the appearance of a crescent new moon. Ramadan comes between sha’ban and Shawwal and lasts up to 29 to 30 days depending upon the Islamic calendar.
The Islamic calendar follows a different pattern every year. Insha’Allah, this year in 2019, 1st day of Ramadan month will be on Sunday, 6th May. As the crescent moon of Ramadan 1440 will become visible in the evening of 5th May in some parts of world. The rest of the countries will observe first day of Ramadan 2019 on Monday, 7th May.
Following countries will Observe 1st day of Ramadan on 6th May 2019:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Australia (Lebanese & Turkish communities follow Saudi), Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi), Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chechnya, Croatia, Denmark ,Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq (Sunnis Follow Saudi), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway (Some follow Saudi), Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tatarstan, Togo, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., UK, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
And following countries that prefers local sighting are expected to observe first day of Ramadan on 7th May 2019:
Pakistan, Australia (Pakistani communities), and starting dates has yet to be confirm of these countries; nigeria, kenya, ireland, tunisia, thailand, sri-lanka, south-korea, romania, poland, oman, new-zealand, nederland, morocco, malaysia, israel, hong-kong, greece, ghana, espana, egypt, brazil.
When Does Ramadan End in 2019
The end of Ramadan is marked by the first day of the 10th holy month of Shawwal–when the crescent moon appears after the 29th or 30th marking the end of the 9th month.
The end of Ramadan is recognised by a holy day–EID-UL-FITR, commonly known as “meethi-eid” or “Choti-eid” among local Muslims of Saudia Arabia and Pakistan. EID-UL-FITR is the celebration and gift from GOD for the ones who sacrificed food, water, anger, and evil acts in respect for the holy month of Ramadan.
The Astronomical conjunction of Shawwal moon is expected to be on 3rd June in Americas. So, the last day of Ramadan 2019 will be 3rd June in Americas, and the rest of the world will be observe it on 4th June 2019.
|Year||First Day of Ramadan||Last Day of Ramadan|
|2016||Monday, 6th June||Tuesday, 5th July|
|2017||Saturday, 27th May||Saturday, 24th June|
|2018||Wednesday, 16th May||Thursday, 14th June|
|2019||Monday, 6th May||Monday, 3rd June|
|2020||Friday, 24th April||Saturday, 23rd May|
|2021||Tuesday, 13th April||Wednesday, 12th May|
|2022||Saturday, 2nd April||May, 2nd May|
|2023||Thursday, 23rd March||Friday, 21st April|
|2024||Monday, 11th March||Wednesday, 10th April|
|2025||Saturday, 1st March||Sunday, 30th March|
Above mentioned dates have been calculated using Umm al-Qura Calendar. Dates vary country to country and may change so, It is recommended to follow official announcements by your respective local authorities.
Ramadan is characterised by the volunteer fasting to understand the pain of the poor.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting means to refrain from food to feel the pain of the poor that how does it feels to be deprived of one of the necessity of life. Fasting does not only implies refraining yourself from food and water, instead, it is the act of refraining yourself from evil actions and thoughts to seek pleasure from GOD.
The physical fast deprives one from food and water takes from early sunrise to sunset. The fast starts with a pre-fast meal called “SUHOOR” before dawn and ends at dusk with a meal called “IFTAR”.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory on every male and female after reaching the age of puberty. However, it is exempted under certain circumstances that are as follows;
- Insane people
- Children under the age of puberty
- Those who are travelling
- Pregnant and nursing mothers
- Women with menstruation cycle and post-birth bleeding(nifas)
- The elderly chronically ill people.
However, it is stated that people under category C, D, and E are supposed to manage the skipped fasting days later. People under category F are required to feed one poor for every skipped fast as the act of “KOFARA”.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VALIDITY OF FAST
Fasting is more than just depriving yourself from food and drinks.
It is the act of abstaining yourself from food, drinks, evil actions, smoking, evil thoughts, and sexual relationship with your partner.
The intentions behind fasting validates one’s fast. The only intention should be to please ALLAH. Fasts should be complimented with prayers otherwise, they would be characterised as “FAQAH” rather than fasts.