Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar and it is a month of reflection and spiritual growth for Muslims. The month of Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10 with the first day of fasting falling on Monday, March 11.
Islamic months span either 29 or 30 days, and tradition dictates the sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of a new month. Many Muslims still adhere to this traditional practice of observing the crescent moon at sunset with the naked eye. Consequently, there emerges the possibility of two potential starting days for Ramadan in 2024: either Sunday, March 10, or Monday, March 11.
Muslims observe Ramadan through fasting from dawn (suhoor) until sunset (iftar) throughout the month. Fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink; it's a period for increased prayer, self-discipline, and acts of charity.
Ramadan holds deep spiritual significance for Muslims. It commemorates the month when the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It serves as a time for purification, seeking forgiveness, and connecting closer with Allah.
Ramadan is a period eagerly anticipated by Muslims worldwide. It symbolizes a time for spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and communal unity. It’s a month to strengthen faith, foster empathy, and deepen connections within families, communities, and the wider society.