What is it?
The holy month of Ramadan [9th month of the lunar Islamic Calendar] is when Muslims fast and refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam along with Shahadah, Salat, Zakaat and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. During Ramadan Muslims will wake up before sunrise and have a meal, suhoor, recite the morning-prayer and fast during daylight hours. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to Allah and remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.
Muslims often donate to charities during the month and feed the hungry. The only people who do not have to fast during Ramadan are children, the elderly, the ill, pregnant/menstruating women, & people who are travelling.
When is it?
The month of Ramadan begins this year on May 15th 2018 and changes every year depending on the sighting of the new moon.
How long is it?
The month of Ramadan will end this year on June 14th 2018 and changes every year depending on the sighting of the new moon. The end of Ramadan is celebrated on the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Fitr.