the holiest month on the lunar Islamic calendar a time
for fasting, taming human passions, and developing compassion
for those less fortunate ("O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed
to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may acquire
For those who devoutly follow the teachings of Islam worldwide, the start of the month is based on sightings of the
moon, as well as other astronomical calculations.
In Canada and the United
States, most communities follow the decision of the Islamic
Society of North America for the highly-anticipated start of Ramadan each year.
Ramadan in 2016 will start on Monday, June 6th and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, July 5th. Note, however, that by tradition a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims in the US, Canada, and Europe will begin observing Ramadan on the sunset of Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Because Ramadan occurs during the height of the summer in 2016, religious leaders and health officials have advised properly keeping body-and-soul together by consuming fruits, carbohydrates, and lots of water when breaking fast this year. Throughout the Muslim world traditional daily fasting begins at dawn (just before sunrise) or Fajr, and ends at sundown or Maghrib.
The official end of Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the new moon in the night sky, marking the Festival of Fast-Breaking or Eid-ul-Fitr. The day is observed by families or by entire communities who come together to worship and celebrate the end of Ramadan in thanksgiving of life's many bounties.
Just up ahead, discover more about Ramadan traditions and prayers, along with a cache of popular Ramadan recipes.
Also learn more about the sacrifices, strength and joy felt at Ramadan - a month-long testimony to faith observed by the planet's more than one billion Muslims who each year celebrate Ramadan around the world...
IslamiCity.com Ramadan Information Center
- Browse for Ramadan prayer times, a database
searchable by U.S. state, Quran study lessons, daily live webcasting
of Taraweeh and the pre-recorded Taraweeh prayers from prior years
held in Makkah, plus Q&A on Ramadan, Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr,
fasting and Zakatul Fitr.
Religion & Ethics - Ramadan - Find an excellent collection
of stories, traditions, recipes and observances of Ramadan around
the world, plus photo galleries, multimedia guide, and e-cards.
Holidays & Observances - Ramadan
- Quick overview of its meaning with information on spiritual
aspects as well as community customs, foods, and traditional wishes
for Ramadan in Turkish and Arabic.
All About Ramadan - Discover information on the lunar calendar, fasting
rituals, key people and places,and tips and advice for celebrating.
Ramadan.com - A selection of Ramadan e-cards, inspirational
quotes, and related resources.