Ramadan has come around again as Muslims look to celebrate the second Islamic holy month under the restrictions of a global pandemic. While Ramadan was initially thought to begin on Monday, April 12, the crescent moon wasn’t sighted on time, meaning it actually starts on Tuesday, April 13 this year. Although celebrations will undoubtedly be more subdued than normal, the easing of certain restrictions means Muslims will still be able to meet with friends and family to enjoy time together. Last year’s Ramadan saw mosques closed to the public, and while social distancing and other safety measures remain in place, Muslims can worship inside now.
During the month of Ramadan, the Salat (daily prayers) take on much more significance.
This is not only due to the holy month being considered a time of reflection, purification and an opportunity to get closer to Allah, but also because the prayers shape the hours of fasting.
Every day of Ramadan sees Muslims eating a pre-fasting meal called the Sahoor.
The Sahoor is eaten before sunrise and coincides with the first prayer of the day, called the Fajr.
The fast isn’t broken until sunset with the Iftar meal, and during this period of abstinence Muslims can’t eat, drink or smoke.
The Iftar comes before the Maghrib, which is the fourth prayer of the day.
Ramadan also coincides with the coming of summer and the days gradually getting longer, making the fasting period gradually more challenging as participants near the end of the month.
While the fast will be almost two hours longer at the end of Ramadan this year than on its first day, it still falls nearly two weeks before last year’s which means the days will be shorter than 2020.
What time is Suhoor and Iftar every day?
Ramadan timetables have been compiled by both the Central London Mosque and the East London Mosque.
For London, the times of Suhoor and Iftar are:
Tuesday 13 – 4.34am, 7.57pm
Wednesday 14 – 4.32am, 7.59pm
Thursday, April 15: 4.30am, 8.01pm
Friday, April 16: 4.27am, 8.02pm
Saturday, April 17 4.25am, 8.04pm
Sunday, April 18: 4.22am, 8.06pm
Monday, April 19: 4.20am, 8.07pm
Tuesday, April 20: 4.18am, 8.09pm
Wednesday, April 21: 4.15am, 8.11pm
Thursday, April 22: 4.13am, 8.12pm
Friday, April 23: 4.11am, 8.14pm
Saturday, April 24: 4.08am, 8.16pm
Sunday, April 25: 4.06am, 8.17pm
Monday April 26: 4.04am, 8.19pm
Tuesday, April 27: 4.01am, 8.21pm
Wednesday, April 28: 3.59am, 8.22pm
Thursday, April 29: 3.57am, 8.24pm
Friday, April 30: 3.54am, 8.25pm
Saturday, May 1: 3.51am, 8.27pm
Sunday, May 2: 3.49am, 8.29pm
Monday, May 3: 3.46am, 8.30pm
Tuesday, May 4: 3.45am, 8.32pm
Wednesday, May 5: 3.42am, 8.34pm
Thursday, May 6: 3.40am, 8.35pm
Friday, May 7: 3.37am, 8.37pm
Saturday, May 8: 3.36am, 8.38pm
Sunday, May 9: 3.33am, 8.40pm
Monday, May 10: 3.31am, 8.42pm
Tuesday, May 11: 3.29am, 8.43pm
Wednesday, May 12: 3.27am, 8.45pm
While these times are just for London, the charity Muslim Hands has provided a helpful guide to adjust the timetable to where you are.
UK variations relations to London, with time fast begins and time fast ends:
Birmingham (Eight minutes later, six minutes later)
Bradford (Nine minutes later, eight minutes later)
Cardiff (13 minutes later, 12 minutes later)
Glasgow (22 minutes, 40 minutes later)
Leeds (Seven minutes later, four minutes later)
Liverpool (12 minutes later, nine minutes later)
Manchester (10 minutes later, seven minutes later)
Middlesbrough (Eight minutes later, 14 minutes later)