Origin of Ramadan
Words nearby Ramadan
MORE ABOUT RAMADAN
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.
The word Ramadan is also used to refer to this daily fast.
During Ramadan, Muslims who fast start the day by eating a meal, called suhoor, before sunrise. The fast is then broken every night after sunset with a meal called iftar. The strictness of the fast varies among Muslims, and not every Muslim fasts during Ramadan. Children, elderly people, and people who have a health condition or are sick or pregnant are not required to fast, and often eat and drink during the day.
Along with the daily fast and other forms of abstinence, many Muslims observe Ramadan by praying, attending services at their mosque, trying to give up bad habits, and performing charitable acts.
The day after Ramadan ends, the festival known as Eid-al-fitr begins. Its name means “festival of the breaking of the fast.”
One traditional greeting for Ramadan is Ramadan Mubarak, roughly meaning “Happy Ramadan” or “Blessed Ramadan.”
When is Ramadan?
In 2023, Ramadan begins on March 22 at sunset and ends on April 20. In 2024, Ramadan will begin on March 10 and end on April 9.
Ramadan always lasts either 29 or 30 days, because it’s based on the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar. Because of that, the dates during which it is observed vary from year to year.
What is the origin of Ramadan?
The first records of the word Ramadan in English come from the 1500s. It comes from the Arabic word ramaḍān, literally meaning “the hot month,” from ramad, meaning “dryness.” However, Ramadan isn’t tied to a particular season. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that consists of 354 days, so its 12 months slowly cycle through different seasons.
The tradition of fasting during Ramadan is done in commemoration of the story of the Qur’an (the sacred text of Islam) being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
What are some terms that often get used in discussing Ramadan?
How is Ramadan discussed in real life?
While Ramadan is a time of fasting, Muslims often look forward to it as a time of religious and cultural importance.
Makes me happy knowing that Ramadan is close 🧡
— Umaima Naaz (@umaimanaazz) February 6, 2021
1. Ramadan happens once a year and lasts around 30 days
2. We follow the lunar calendar which is why it starts earlier each year (shifts by around 11 days)
3. It's a month for spiritual discipline and it helps us feel grateful for what we have
— Areej (@areej_abuali) April 5, 2021
YOU!!!!! DONT!!!!! HAVE!!!!!! TO!!!!! WAIT!!!!! FOR!!!!!! RAMADAN!!!!! TO!!!!! BE!!!!! A!!!!!! BETTER!!!!! PERSON!!!!!!!!!
— EMM🌹👑 (@_myyriiaam) February 7, 2021
Try using Ramadan!
True or False?
Ramadan always lasts for 30 days.
How to use Ramadan in a sentence
Cases fell but then began to rise again in April, as families in the Muslim-majority country gathered for Ramadan and new variants of the virus spread.Doctors prepare to ration care as covid surge leaves Malaysia in ‘total lockdown’|Michael E. Miller|May 31, 2021|Washington Post
Palestinians have traditionally gathered at the historic Damascus Gate of the Old City after breaking their evening fasts during Ramadan.Butterfly Effect: Guess Who Gains From a Burning Jerusalem?|Charu Kasturi|May 13, 2021|Ozy
Adnan Khan, who spent 16 years incarcerated in a county jail and three state prisons in California before being released in 2019, recalls food frequently coming at the wrong time during Ramadan.'I Don’t Think You’re Going to Be Eating Tonight.' Muslims Describe Ramadan in U.S. Prisons|Sanya Mansoor|May 12, 2021|Time
In late April, Israeli authorities announced a decision to barricade Damascus Gate, a popular meeting and gathering point for East Jerusalemites, especially in Ramadan.
Meanwhile, for folks waiting on their vaccine appointments, this Ramadan doesn’t look that different from 2020’s Zoom iftars and socially distant food exchanges.How Muslims Are Rethinking the Future of Ramadan|Mehreen Karim|May 6, 2021|Eater
When the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, in late June, Lawand was allowed to leave the prison.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS|Yusuf Sayman|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sheikh Raad al-Khafaji had invited me to break the Ramadan fast in the headquarters of his recruiting operation.The Brewing Battle for Baghdad|Jacob Siegel|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since this hearing was taking place during Ramadan, many of the Muslims had been fasting since sunrise.When Bigotry Comes to Your Hometown|Dean Obeidallah|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Muslims observe a month-long day fast for Ramadan and Jews go a full day for the High Holy Day, Yom Kippur.Fasting Might Regenerate Human Immune System|Gregory Ferenstein|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Ramadan fasting began, the militants bombed the gas and electricity lines to keep people from cooking.Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala|Michael Daly|November 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The day after his arrival chanced to be the last of the great Mohammedan feast of the Ramadan.Some Heroes of Travel|W. H. Davenport Adams
It was the month of Ramadan, the great fast, and any one who failed to keep it strictly was punishable by death.
Early in Ramadan he fell sick, and soon became dangerously ill.
In Annam the Ramadan lasts only three days, though the priests observe the fast for the full prescribed month.Indo-China and Its Primitive People|Henry Baudesson
The weather was hot, and our people suffering from thirst, as Ramadan had that day commenced.Byeways in Palestine|James Finn
British Dictionary definitions for Ramadan
Rhamadhan Ramazan (ˌræməˈzɑːn)
Word Origin for Ramadan
Cultural definitions for Ramadan
A holy month in Islam; the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Devout Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during each day of Ramadan.