Early May, Muslims all over the world will be marking the noble month of Ramadan.
Nigerian Muslims are not exempt. The start-date across countries of the world only differ due to time differences.
Concise News reports that Ramadan is integral to the Islamic faith and sees Muslims all over the world commemorate the occasion through reflection and celebration.
Ramadan is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting and this year’s Ramadan will In Shaa Allah take place from early May to June, although the exact dates depend on the sighting of the moon.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ramadan 2020:
When does Ramadan 2020 commence?
As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year.
This year Ramadan will most likely begin on the evening of Sunday 5 May and most probably end on Tuesday 4 June.
Ramadan is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time for spiritual reflection, acts of charity and spending time with loved ones.
It is also a month when Muslims fast. This means they don’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset, which is important during Ramadan as it allows them to devote themselves further to their faith, ultimately becoming closer to Allah.
The reason why Muslims fast is because it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the other pillars being faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to Mecca – the Holy City.
Before sunrise, they will have a meal (suhoor) and another meal (iftar) after sunset. The only people that do not have to fast during Ramadan are children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who are travelling or who are ill.
What happens when Ramadan ends?
Eid al-Fitr is a festival and celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. This year, it will begin at the first sight of the new moon in early June.
When does Eid al-Fitr happen?
The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days.
Islamic years span on average between 354 and 355 days depending on the lunar calendar.
When a crescent moon is spotted during Ramadan, it marks the beginning of Shawwal and signals the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the feast that follows Ramadan.