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Anticipated Dates for Ramadan 2024 Unveiled

Ramadan 2024 is expected to begin in the UAE

In the UAE, Ramadan is just six months away, and anticipation is building for this sacred month. Currently in the Islamic Hijri calendar, it's Safar, but Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomy Society, suggests that Rabi Al Awwal may begin on September 16, based on astronomical predictions.

Ramadan's commencement is closely tied to the sighting of the crescent Moon, which defines the Islamic Hijri calendar. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, Islamic months vary between 29 and 30 days, depending on the Moon's sighting.

For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting from dawn until the call for Maghrib (dusk) prayer. It's a month of deep spiritual reflection and devotion. Muslims commemorate the Holy Quran's revelation, practicing self-discipline, gratitude, and empathy for the less fortunate. It's a period for strengthening their connection with God, involving more prayer and Quran reading.

In the UAE, Ramadan brings a unique sense of spirituality. School and office hours are adjusted to accommodate the fasting schedule, reflecting the country's respect for this holy observance.

As Ramadan concludes, the celebration of Eid Al Fitr begins, marking the first day of Shawwal (the month following Ramadan). This festive occasion involves Zakat Al Fitr, a special morning prayer, feasting, and sharing sweets. It's a time of joy and charity, uniting families and communities in celebration.

In summary, Ramadan 2024 in the UAE is eagerly anticipated, with the exact start date dependent on the crescent Moon's sighting. It's a month of deep spiritual significance, fostering gratitude, compassion, and a stronger bond with God. The celebration of Eid Al Fitr brings communities together in joy and giving.

By: Vibha Kapoor  /  Source: Emirates Woman