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Ramadan 2021: Moon sighted in India; fasting begins from April 14

Ramadan 2021: Eid al-Fitr takes place as the month of Ramadan draws to a close. The date is dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Once the sighting is confirmed, the festival begins

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 23, 2021 8:45:50 am
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Also known as Ramazan or Ramzan, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by people belonging to the Muslim community around the world. Considered to be a holy month, devotees fast and pray, and also engage in humanitarian activities good deeds for the poor.

This year, Ramadan begins on April 14, a Wednesday, and ends on May 12, which is a Wednesday. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. It lasts between one sighting of the crescent moon and the next. It is said that Ramadan is the commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation.

As mentioned earlier, fasting is a must for all adult Muslims, unless someone is sick, is travelling, is having their menstrual cycle, is pregnant, diabetic, or elderly. During this time, the pre-dawn meal is referred to as ‘suhur‘ or ‘sehri‘, and the feast that happens after a fast is broken at night is called ‘iftar‘.

Prophet Muhammed is believed to have received his first Quranic revelation on ‘Laylat al-Qadr‘ — one of five odd-numbered nights that fall during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr takes place as the month of Ramadan draws to a close. The date is dependent on the sighting of the new moon. Once the sighting is confirmed, the festival begins.

The month of Ramadan is an exercise in self-restraint and self-discipline. It is observed as a way of coming closer to Allah, to physically and spiritually detoxify by getting rid of impulses and vices.

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22:00 (IST)13 Apr 2021
PM Modi extends wishes

PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to extend warm wishes 


20:51 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Ramadan 2021: Cricketer Irfan Pathan shared this adorable throwback video

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20:48 (IST)13 Apr 2021
US President Joe Biden extends wishes

The President of the United States wished everyone on the occasion


19:54 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Ramadan 2021: Rahul Gandhi shares a wish on the occasion

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19:10 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Ramadan 2021: People mark Ramzan amid social distancing, renewed restrictions

On Tuesday, Muslims all across the globe began marking Ramadan with communal prayers while maintaining social distance. Last year, Islam’s holiest month was also the beginning of the coronavirus. Here is how the first day of Ramadan is being celebrated. See pics

Indonesian Muslims pray spaced during an evening prayer called "tarawih" marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/ Achmad Ibrahim)
Indonesian Muslims pray spaced out during an evening prayer called "tarawih" marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/ Achmad Ibrahim)
18:45 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Ramadan 2021: KCR conveyed his greetings on the occasion

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday conveyed his greetings on the occasion of the beginning of Ramzan month.

In an official release, Rao expressed the desire that the fasting and prayers done during the Ramzan month should result in harmony and happiness. In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases, the CM urged the Muslims to follow the guidelines and offer prayers.

The CM reminded them that the state government is officially celebrating the festival of Ramzan, respecting all religions and working tirelessly to maintain communal harmony. (PTI)

18:11 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Time to wish your loved ones

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17:28 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Have you seen this breathtaking art depicting Ramadan nights?

A Twitter use shared these paintings by an Algerian painter...Take a look!

16:35 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Actor Anupam Kher extends his wishes

Anupam Kher took to Twitter to share his warm wishes with everyone celebrating today. 

16:07 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wishes those observing Ramadan in New York

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote, "We hope this month offers ample opportunity for reflection and growth."

15:37 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Ramzan 2021: Special wishes for your loved ones

May all of us find peace this Ramadan. Ramzan mubarak!Have a blessed month!

15:00 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Tisca Chopra took to Twitter to wish everyone on the holy occasion

Actor Tisca Chopra wrote, "may we find harvest of hope in our hearts at this time."

14:25 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Farhan Akhtar shares warm wishes on the auspicious occasion

Actor Farhan Akhtar takes to Twitter to share the message with his fans.

14:04 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Hansika Motwani wishes those celebrating a 'blessed month'

Actor Hansika Motwani extended her wishes to those celebrating 

13:25 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Actor Saiyami Kher shares warm wishes on the occasion of Ramadan

Saiyami Kher took to Twitter to share her wishes with the fans. Posting a picture of herself in a yellow kurti set, she also urged everyone to celebrate safely: "Let’s all collectively do everything to stay healthy and safe."

12:56 (IST)13 Apr 2021
US Vice President Kamala Harris wishes everyone on the holy occassion

Vice President Kamala Harris took to Instagram to extend her warmest wishes to everyone observing the month of Ramadan. In an Instagram post, she wrote: "Around the world, Muslim families are taking time to help those who need it most and reflect on the blessings that come with faith. Ramadan Kareem."

 
 
 
 
 
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11:58 (IST)13 Apr 2021
US President Joe Biden, First Lady greet people on Ramzan

President Joe Biden has greeted the Muslims in the US and across the world observing Ramzan, and hailed the contributions of the minority community in building a diverse and vibrant America.

During the holy month of Ramzan, Muslims observe fast, perform acts of charity, recite prayers and read the Quran. They fast daily from sunrise to sundown.

"As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been. In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration and congregation, and far too many families will sit down for iftar with loved ones missing," Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said in a statement on Monday, according to PTI.

"Yet, our Muslim communities begin the month of revelation with renewed hope. Many will focus on increasing their consciousness of the presence of God in their lives, reaffirming their commitment to the service of others that their faith compels, and expressing gratitude for the blessings they enjoy health, well-being, and life itself," he said.

11:27 (IST)13 Apr 2021
'Ramadaan Mubarak': Amitabh Bachchan wishes people on Twitter

Actor Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to extend his greetings on the holy occasion 

 

10:11 (IST)13 Apr 2021
People in Indonesia open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines

Muslims began marking Ramadan with communal prayers Tuesday in a socially distanced contrast to the empty mosques of a year ago when Islam’s holiest month coincided with the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press.

COVID-19 cases are spiking in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but vaccines are being administered and the government is loosening restrictions. Mosques were allowed to open for Ramadan prayers with strict health protocols in place, and with malls and cafes open, passers-by could again see curtains shielding the sight of food from people fasting, the outlet said.

"Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas announced in a televised address Monday evening that the new Ramadan moon had been spotted. The holy month is marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts," it added.

09:22 (IST)13 Apr 2021
People navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

Ramadan, which begins this week, comes as much of the world has been hit by an intense new coronavirus wave. For many Muslims navigating restrictions, that means hopes of a better Ramadan than last year have been dashed with the surge in infection rates though regulations vary in different countries. Read more.

Ramadan Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan is here. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade )

 

The dates for Ramadan vary each year because they are dependent on the lunar calendar. Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the calendar and it begins once the crescent moon is sighted.

Ramadan or Ramazan originates from the Arabic word, ‘ar-ramad’, which means scorching heat. During this time, Muslims observe fasting, which is called roza. While keeping roza, one should not eat or drink anything while the sun is shining. People wake up early in the morning to have their first meal or sehri and in the evening, they break their fast with the evening meal called iftaar. This month is auspicious and sacred to all believers.

Fasting is done by believers to remember and commemorate this sacred revelation. Abstinence is followed and while maintaining the fast, believers give most priority to spiritual purification.

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