Who is Required to Observe the Fast in Ramadan?
To qualify to observe sawm during Ramadan, Muslims must be; Over the age of puberty, of sound mind and be in good health
Some exemptions from fasting include menstruating and breastfeeding women, anyone who is ill (on medical advice), travelling and the elderly (although they are expected to pay Fidya for every day they break the fast).
Ramadan in 2021 is expected to begin in the evening of Monday 12 April, ending on Wednesday 12 May, subject to the sighting of the moon. The first day of sawm, if these dates are correct, will be Tuesday 13 April with Eid ul-Fitr predicted to fall on Thursday 13 May.
Eid ul-Fitr, not to be confused with Eid al-Adha, is the festival of the breaking of the fast and is a time of great celebration for Muslims who come together with friends and family. Muslims are prohibited from fasting during Eid celebrations which means that if any Muslim has days of fasting to make up (having missed a day or more of sawm during Ramadan), they must be completed at a later date.