Date: 15 May – 14 Jun 2018
Ramadan is the Holy Month of mental, physical and spiritual elevation where Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours. This is an auspicious time is also honoured in Dubai, as the city offers later operational timings to cater to fasting hours, along with a more progressive, charitable mindset.
Activities begin in the evening as observers break their fast with families and Dubai’s plethora of eateries come to life with dedicated menus and even purpose-built marquees with special food and entertainment. The exact dates of Ramadan will be confirmed as per the lunar sighting. Ramadan is observed by Muslims all over the world as a month of fasting to commemorate “the best of times”. It celebrates the first time the Quran was revealed to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
Ramadan in 2018 will begin in the evening of May 15, and will end in the evening of June 14. The beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The “night of power” or “night of decree” is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Quran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It has occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan – the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid as-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Muslims also engage in increased prayer and charity during Ramadan.
Ramadan is also a month where Muslims try to practice increased self-discipline. Along with fasting and abstaining from eating and drinking – Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran throughout the month, before the holy festival of Eid-al-Fitr.
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