Ramadan FAQ

This year, Ramadan begins the evening of May 15.

The month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, give to the needy, increase their worship and prayers.  Late night prayers, called Taraweeh, are offered every night, when approximately 1/30th of the Quran is recited (each night). The recitation, usually by one with a lovely voice, often lasts until very late at night. For these reasons, Muslims often curtail outside meetings and events – and may be a little sleepy sometimes.


 

  • Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, lasting 29 to 30 days.
    This is the Islamic year 1439 AH

     

  • Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Qur'a
    were revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

     

  • The month is dedicated to fasting where participating Muslims
    refrain from eating or drinking, from just before sunrise until sunset,
    to teach them about spirituality, patience, discipline,
    compassion for others and humility.

     

  • Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan
    vary depending on the calculation of or actual sighting of the moon.

     

  • The beginning of Ramadan moves back approximately
    11 days every year which means that a person will have fasted
    every day of the calendar year after about 34 years.

     

  • Many Mosques have a special night during Ramadan
    dedicated to breaking their fast with the interfaith community.

     

  • Common greetings to your Muslim friends and neighbors
    is Happy or blessed Ramadan, and on Eid days, Happy or blessed Eid.


 

The Ramadan information on this page is adapted from a Ramadan awareness primer distributed by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.