Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Ramadan called Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is, or should be, visible. The Arabic term Ramadan literally means intense heat. It seems that in pre-Islamic Arabia, Ramadan was the name of a scorching hot summer month. In the Islamic calendar, however, the timing of Ramadan varies from year to year. An Islamic year is roughly 11 days shorter than a Gregorian year.

What is the significance of Ramadan?
Ramadan is a period of fasting and spiritual growth, and is one of the five “pillars of Islam.” The others being the declaration of faith, daily prayer, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Able-bodied Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset each day of the month. Many practicing Muslims also perform additional prayers, especially at night, and attempt to recite the entire Qur’an. The prevailing belief among Muslims is that it was in the final 10 nights of Ramadan that the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
When is Ramadan
In United States, Ramadan will begin in the evening of Monday, April 12th lasting 30 days and ending at sundown on Tuesday, May 11th.
Can Ramadan be in winter
As the timing of Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar, Ramadan falls 11 days earlier annually and over a 33-year period, passes through all 4 seasons; with consequential shorter fasts in winter and longer fasts in the summer months 3.
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