Why do Ramadan dates change every year?

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

08th Apr, 2021. 09:17 pm
Ramadan 2021

There is always confusion every year about exactly what day Ramadan will start, the reason is simple! Muslims follow a lunar calendar that is based on the moon’s phases, whose 12 months are up to 354 days, 11 days less than the standard Gregorian calendar, which has 365 days a year.

This is the reason the Ramadan date always varies every year as the Islamic lunar calendar moves backward approximately 11 days every year.

It means every year Ramadan starts 11 days earlier than the previous year.

If you will Google Ramadan date, you’ll see there’s a disclaimer under Google’s answer “Dates may vary”. Take a look!

What Is Ramadan?

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is considered one of the holiest, pious and significant months in which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk.

Fasting for a whole month reminds Muslims of the less fortunate and reinforces the need to be thankful. Being one of the five pillars of Islam, it is mandatory for all healthy Muslims to fast during the holy month.

Significance Of Ramadan In The Quran:

Allah Almighty has talked about the significance of Ramadan in the Holy Quran in the following verse:

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness” (Quran, 2:183)

Every Muslim wakes up early to eat a pre-dawn meal “Suhoor” before keeping the fast and they break it with Maghrib prayers “Iftaar”.

The Holy Quran was revealed on the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) in the month of Ramadan that is why it is important for every Muslim to read the entire Quran in the holy month.

“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and the differentiation (between right and wrong)” (Quran, 2:185)

Importance Of Ramadan:

The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained” (Bukhari)

In another Hadith, the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said,

“Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

Ramadan In Pakistan?

The first fast of 2021 will be on April 14 while Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 14 in Pakistan.

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