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The auspicious month of Ramadan is a sacred time for all Muslims around the world, as this is the month of sawm (fasting) which brings us closer to Allah (SWT). Followers of Islam dedicate more time to practicing their faith through extra prayers and reciting the Holy Qur’an from beginning to end, alongside observing the fast during daylight hours.

As the Islamic month of Ramadan moves forward by roughly 10 days each year in the Gregorian calendar, prayer times differ from day to day. The first prayer of the day is Fajr, which is technically the day’s third prayer as an Islamic day begins at sunset. This coincides with Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, and anything drunk and/or eaten after the Fajr prayer immediately disqualifies the participant from that day’s fast and they must pay either Fidya or Kaffarah.

Dhuhr and Asr prayers are observed around noon and late afternoon respectively, while the Maghrib prayer after sunset welcomes in Iftar, the evening meal when Muslim’s break the day’s fast. The final prayer, Isha, is observed shortly before bed.

When Does Ramadan 2021 Start?

Ramadan 2021 is expected to start on the evening of Monday 12 April, with Tuesday 13 April being the first day of sawm. These dates are subject to change as per the sighting of the moon.

When Does Ramadan 2021 End?

In 2021, the month of Ramadan is expected to end in the evening of Wednesday 12 May with Eid ul-Fitr, the festival of the breaking of the fast, starting the following day on Thursday 13 May. These dates are subject to change as per the sighting of the moon.

How Long is Ramadan?

The auspicious month of Ramadan lasts for one lunar month, which is either 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the new moon. If the new moon is not seen on the 29th night, Ramadan lasts for the full 30 days.

How is the Ramadan Fast Broken?

During Ramadan, dates are traditionally eaten before the evening Iftar meal to break the day’s fast. At the end of this month comes the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, which is the festival of the breaking of the fast, where friends and family gather for a feast – it is prohibited for anyone to fast during Eid.

Ramadan Timetable 2021

Please view our calendar for Ramadan 2021 detailing local prayer, sunrise and sunset times.

[Ramadan Timetable]

Donate to Children of Adam this Ramadan

As we observe sawm throughout the month of Ramadan, millions of our brothers and sisters around the world continue to live without basic nutrition as they do the rest of the year-round. Children of Adam are accepting your Zakat ul-Fitr (Fitrana) donations which we will distribute across those most deserving.

As well as Fitrana, we are also accepting Fidya and Kaffarah donations for those that have missed a day or more of fasting during Ramadan. Fidya (which should be paid by any Muslim with good reason to miss a day’s fast) is set at the value of feeding one hungry person per day (£5), while Kaffarah (paid by a Muslim who intentionally does not observe sawm without good reason) is the value of feeding 60 hungry people for each day of fasting that is missed.

All donations, obligatory or voluntary, can be made via our donations page here. Your support for Children of Adam and our cause is greatly appreciated.


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