When is Ramadan 2019 Starting ?
The Ramadan 2019 will start on Monday 6 May 2019 (according to Saudi Arabia) and will end on Tuesday 4 June 2019.
Eid al Fitr 2019 will be held on Wednesday 5 June 2019. This is the provisional date, starting from the effective date depends on the sighting of the moon of Ramadan 2019, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (Hijri 1440).
The duration of the month varies between 29 and 30 days, according to the sighting of the Shawwal Moon, which leads to the planned festival of Eid ul Fitr the 1st of Shawwal.
Since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the holy month of Ramadan rotates about ten days each year.
This year, Ramadan should start on the afternoon of Sunday 5 May 2019, depending on the sighting of the moon.
One of the five pillars of Islam, the sawm will begin a few hours after the sighting of the moon at dawn and will continue until sunset.
It is essential to familiarize yourself with the dates and times of Ramadan 2019, since anyone who has eaten food before dawn (suhoor) after completing the call to prayer (Fajr) is disqualified from fasting that day.
The fast of the day is completed at sunset and the prayers of the Maghreb begin. It is traditional to finish fasting by eating dates before dinner with family and friends.
This 2019 Ramadan program was provided by the East London Mosque.
* Please note that all dates and times are subject to change, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Why do the dates of Ramadan change each year?
Ramadan is based on a lunar calendar, which is determined by the position of the moon in the sky. This means that each year fasting begins about 11 days before the previous year.
This year, it starts at the beginning of May, then moves on to April 2020, starting from May 16, 2018. By 2023, it will arrive in March and by 2026, Ramadan will be in February.
Change means that maintaining Ramadan is a little easier when the days are short, but the summer months, when the days are long, make fasting more difficult, especially for those who live in countries in the far north, where the sun can stay in the sky almost all day.
To counter this, some scholars suggest that only Mecca time can be used to measure fasting, but the idea is controversial and leaves many believers fasting for 19 consecutive hours.
What are the common misunderstanding About fasting?
As in many religious traditions, some of the Ramadan fasting practices differ according to the specific school of thought and may be open to interpretation.
Some believe that brushing teeth can break the fast, although this is excluded by most Muslim scholars, reports the BBC.
Shabbir Hassan, an advanced student of Islamic science and sharia, and Hafidh of Quran, suggests that those who are concerned about this may use “Minimal teeth paste, something that is not very strong, not too small” or alternatively use a miswak – a toothpick to clean your teeth.
Another common mistake is that swallowing will break your fast. Hassan also says this, “has no basis”, although the exchange of body fluids with another person, including the kiss, is not allowed.
There is also confusion as to whether medicines are allowed during Ramadan. The Muslim Council of Great Britain published a card of Ramadan Health, intended to be used in the hospital to describe eye drops, ear drops, injections and urethral infusions are among the drugs do not break the fast.
after the Glaucoma Association (IGA, for its acronym in English) warned Muslims that to stop taking their eye drops during Ramadan occurs because it is possible that eyes travel liquids to the part after the throat through the tear ducts, c ‘is the risk of an irreversible loss of vision.
These exemptions do not extend to the ingestion of drugs, which would invalidate fasting and therefore should be taken before dawn or after sunset.
However, Hassan pointed out that anyone with a medical condition should ask first if he should be fasting at all, adding that “what is clear in the Koran is that one should always follow the doctor’s directions.”
What are the rules in Muslim countries during Ramadan?
In many Muslim countries, visitors are expected to respect Ramadan restrictions, at least in public, ie not to eat, drink, chew or smoke during the day.
The UK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that non-Muslims should show respect for those who fast and pay attention not to offend Islamic values.
He also warns that in some countries “if he shows a culturally insensitive behavior that offends him, he could be arrested”.
High music and dances are considered disrespectful during Ramadan and some restaurants close or change their opening hours. Travelers are advised to stock up on food in their hotel room, unless they want to get up early for a hearty breakfast before dawn and stay up late to break the fast.
The Foreign Office even warns that driving “could be more irregular than usual, especially during the afternoon and evening” and tells travelers to be patient and show tolerance during this period.
“Be very careful with your clothes during the holy month,” he adds. “Make sure you dress modestly, as the standards can be monitored even more carefully than usual.”