What and when is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, observant adult Muslims will give up food and drink during the hours of daylight.

Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam. The fast is an act of worship and Muslims believe there are many other spiritual benefits associated with the month. Individuals will endeavour to increase acts of charity, good deeds, and community engagement.

They will awake before dawn for a meal call Suhur. At sunset, most Muslims will open the fast with a meal called Iftar. It is customary to open the fast with dates and water, followed by a normal meal.

2020 Ramadan runs from Thursday 23 April to Saturday 23 May.



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