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Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic/lunar calendar and, because of this, the dates of the blessed month move forward by roughly 10 days every year. 

The holy month is a time for every Muslim to reflect, contemplate and celebrate, using this time of fasting to grow closer with Allah (SWT), with many choosing to recite the Qur’an from beginning to end.

When Does Ramadan Start?

Ramadan 2022 is expected to start on the evening of Friday 1st April, subject to the sighting of the moon, with the first day of sawm (fasting) on Saturday 2nd April. Due to geographical differences (with the sighting of the new moon differing around the world), the Ramadan start date may be different from one location to the next – but this will only differ by a maximum of one day.

When Does Ramadan End?

The month of fasting is expected to come to an end on Saturday 30th April, subject to the sighting of the moon, with Eid ul Fitr beginning the following day, which is expected to be Sunday 1st May. The end of Ramadan is marked by the festival of the breaking of the fast, which is traditionally marked by the eating of dates (these are also eaten to break the fast every evening during Ramadan at sunset, marking the beginning of Iftar).

How Long is Ramadan?

Ramadan lasts for 29 to 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon. If the new moon is seen on the 29th night, Eid ul Fitr will begin the following day and Muslims will be permitted to cease fasting during daylight hours. If the new moon is not seen, then Ramadan will go into the 30th day.

Important Dates for Your Ramadan 2022 Calendar

Some important dates for you to consider for Ramadan 2022 (assuming the new moon is sighted as expected) are:

  • Saturday 2nd April – the first day of fasting (sawm)
  • Wenesday 27th April – Laylat al Qadr/The Night of Power (this is marked on the 27th night of Ramadan)*
  • Sunday 1st May – the start of Eid ul Fitr

*Laylat al Qadr/The Night of Power is widely believed to take place on the 27th night of Ramadan, although many believe that the night could fall on any of the odd numbers in the last 10 nights of the month. This is also regarded by many to be the best time to make your zakat donations, due to the multiplied rewards and blessings that come with donating on this night.

Zakat al Fitr

Zakat al Fitr, or Fitrana, is an obligatory payment that must be made during the holy month of Ramadan before the festival of Eid. This is different from zakat, which is a payment calculated on a qualifying Muslim’s expendable wealth, which can be paid at any point during the year.

For Ramadan 2022, the value of Zakat al Fitr is £5 per person and all Muslims are expected to make this payment regardless of their age or financial situation. If anyone is unable to fulfil the payment, the head of the household is expected to make this payment on their behalf.

You can make either your Zakat al Fitr or zakat payment with ILM, who will ensure that your donations are distributed fairly amongst those most deserving of it.

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