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Happy Ramadan 2024!

10 March marks the start of this year’s Ramadan celebrations, serving as a period to strengthen the connection with Allah and celebrate a significant time within the Muslim community.  Muslims achieve this by observing fasting, engaging in the recitation of the Qur’an, and performing acts of selfless charity.  

The start of Ramadan is signified by the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and sighting of the new moon. This year Ramadan is expected to conclude on Tuesday 9 April 2024.  

The Islamic calendar operates on a lunar system, commencing each month with the appearance of a new astronomical moon.  

Because lunar months are shorter than solar ones, the Islamic calendar is different to the Gregorian calendar we use in the West. Consequently, Ramadan is approximately 10 days earlier each year. 

How is Ramadan celebrated?

Ramadan is traditionally commemorated by fasting during daylight hours.  

The month-long fasting period encourages self-discipline, fostering a deeper connection to their faith. 

With fasting, the meal consumed before sunrise is called Suhoor. After sundown the fast is broken, with the main meal of the day called Iftar. 

Ramadan holds great importance of those in the Muslim community as a time to spend with friends and family.  

Traditions, such as communal Iftar meals, special prayers, and acts of charity bring people together. Regardless of ethnicity or background, it allows those involved to share in the spirit of generosity and compassion.  

The history of Ramadan

Ramadan has a rich and profound history that spans over 1,400 years. Its origins lie within the revelation of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy scripture to the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century C.   

Ramadan also carries historical significance as a time of unity, reflection, and community. Throughout history, Muslims have observed Ramadan as a time for self-discipline and increased devotion to Allah.  

The month-long celebration is a cherished and revered tradition. Ramadan is a time of spiritual rejuvenation for Muslims around the world. 

The university’s Islamic Society are running a number of Ramadan events, including Iftars. See what they’re up to on Instagram.   

To students and staff celebrating, we wish you all a happy and healthy Ramadan 2024! 



Clare Cornwell • March 22, 2024

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