Thursday, June 19, 2014

When is Ramadan 2014?

Ramadan 2014 begins in the evening of Saturday, June 28 and ends in the evening of Monday, July 28 (Dates may vary). Ramadan, the most important religious observance in Islam, is an annual month of fasting. Ramadan is the name of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. During this month of Ramadan, Allah showers his blessings on the Muslims and makes special arrangements for ensuring that he makes the most of the opportunities provided by Him in the month. Rewards for good deeds are increased manifold, the paradise is decorated for those who fast and Satan is chained and confined so that he cannot misguide and lead the Muslims and lead them astray.

One of the greatest gifts of Ramadan month from Allah to the Muslims who fast, pray and recite the holy Quran sincerely for the entire month is redemption from the fire of Hell. Allah says that since the Muslims fast for Him, so He will forgive all their sins and ensure Paradise for them.

* The exact dates of Ramadan 2014 cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.