What Does Ramadan Mean and When is Ramadan 2016
When is Ramadan
Well, before I can answer when is Ramadan in 2016, it is good to know that Islam follows a lunar calendar. Moon sighting is the basis of determining important events like starting of Ramadan, the first day of the Ramadan fast, the last day of Ramadan, celebration of Eid-ul-fitr, Eid-ul-adha, first day of Hajj and so on.
So there is a Hilal committee to organize and officially confirm the moon sighting, based on which the exact dates of Ramadan and all other important events mentioned above are confirmed.
Also the date on which the moon is sighted varies slightly across the world, so the exact way to know the first day of Ramadan is to refer to the Hilal committee website of your country.
Ramadan is the name of the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.
When Does Ramadan Start?
Another important point to note is that according to Islam, a new day begins after sunset or Maghrib. So the actual day for beginning the first fast or Roza or Sawm of Ramadan will be the day following the moon sighting. The Ramadan fast begins from 1st day of the month of Ramadan at dawn.
But here is the most probable date for Ramadan in 2016, so that you can get an approximate idea about the onset of the month of Ramadan Kareem.
June 6, 2016
What Does Ramadan Mean?
The word Ramadan is derived from the root word Ar-ramad or Ramida. These words mean intense scorching heat or being burnt by heat. The sins of the muslims or muslimeen (believers) are said to be burnt in the holy month of Ramadan.
Fasting in Islam
Fasting in Islam during the holy month of Ramadan is obligatory (fard) and is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. The fasting is observed between dawn and dusk of each day during this holy month. Fasting in Islam differs from other religions in the way it is observed.
The person observing the fast is supposed to strictly abstain from eating and drinking.
The timings for starting and ending the Ramadan fast are different on different days and are dependent upon the sunrise and sunset timings.
How Long Does Ramadan Last?
Ramadan typically lasts for 29-30 days and as described earlier is dependent upon the sighting of the new moon, which heralds the onset of the 10th Islamic month called Shawwal and hence the end of Ramadan.
When is Ramadan Over in 2016?
Ramadan will last for 30 days this year and will be over on July 5th at sunset. The next day i.e. July 6th will be celebrated as the day of Eid-ul-fitr in 2016.
Ramadan Mubarak to all of you. May Allah bless you with Toufeeq to do loads of good deeds and make your Ramadan more fruitful and spiritual, Aameen!