Ramadan is coming this month and it will see families across Coventry and Warwickshire coming together to fast.
Ramadan is one of the holiest months in the Islamic lunar calendar and a really important time of the year for the Muslim community.
This is the second time Ramadan will be observed under coronavirus restrictions.
While things have eased up since last year’s Ramadan in April 2020, many of the usual practices such as breaking fast with iftar and visiting family and friends indoors won’t be possible this year.
The sighting will take place next week and if a crescent moon is spotted, that will signal the start of Ramadan.
For those wanting to plan ahead, here’s everything you need to know about Ramadan 2021.
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When is Ramadan 2021?
The start of Ramadan is predicted by moon sightings, and scholars and astronomers will look for the crescent that forms along the moon’s edge.
Groups such as the UK Islamic moon sighting board will take part in the sighting on April 12, and if a crescent is spotted, that will predict the start of Ramadan and the first fast will take place.
However for the UK, Ramadan is likely to start around April 13, according to the UK Islamic moon sighting board’s website.
Mosques in Coventry have also published their own Ramadan calendar which has put the start of Ramadan as April 13.
However, as with every year, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon of Shawwal (the tenth month of the Islamic calendar) so could vary by a day or two.
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What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims.
It is a period of fasting observed by Muslim adults – that means abstaining from food and drink, including water, from sunrise to sunset.
It helps those observing it focus on charity, prayer and purifying their lives.
As a month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan comes around once a year, but each year the dates are different, because they are based on the lunar calendar.
The lunar calendar runs for about 354 days, which is shorter than the 365 days it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun – the basis of the Gregorian calendar used by most of the Western world.
After the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr celebrations will begin and Muslims will end their fast.
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