Ramadan 2021: Ramadan will be held under lockdown for most Muslims, bringing a new degree of challenge to Ramadan and a spiritually rewarding month this year.
Since millions of Muslims start a month from morning to evening without eating or drinking anything, it will be marked by seeing a variety of spirits that were not alive to see it this year.
Muslims around the world will celebrate the beginning of Ramadan by congratulating each other with “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Karim” respectively, which means a blessed and generous month for you.
So when does Ramadan begin?
The current year is 1442 in the Islamic Hijri lunar calendar. Ramadan is expected to begin in 2021 on the evening of Tuesday, April 13, which is the day of Amavasya.
Each year, Ramadan begins about ten days earlier because the lunar year is shorter than the solar year. In 2020, Ramadan began on 23 April. In 2021, Ramadan will begin approximately 13 April Monday.
Because Ramadan begins after sunset, the fast will effectively begin the next morning on 14 April 2021.
Muslim lunar months last between 29 and 30 days and this largely depends on observing the new full moon, usually on the 29th day of each month. If a new moon does not appear, the month automatically lasts for 30 days.
How will Ramadan be different this year
Precautions against coronaviruses would mean celebrating Ramadan at large public ceremonies. For millions of people worldwide, breaking the fast is a communal event that will be limited to the closest of family ties this year.
Worshipers are advised to take the necessary precautions, especially given that there will be crowds of shoppers buying ingredients for the fast food expiration between the end of the working hour and sunset in the shops.
The month of Ramadan also marks intense spirituality, self-control and an opportunity to reconnect with God. After their evening meal, the Muslim faithful will engage in a special prayer called Taraweeh at night.
Mosques around the world have either been closed or prohibited attendance in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly epidemic. Closures are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future in the interests of public safety.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar. Like the Western Gregorian calendar, the Hijri calendar consists of 12 months, but in contrast, those months follow a lunar cycle, that is, a new month begins with each new moon.
The word ‘Hijri’ stems from Arabic language ‘migration’ and represents Prophet Muhammad’s move from the city of Mecca to the city of Medina.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, as well as the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayers, donations, and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Why do Muslims start the month on different days
When Muslims first fasted, they largely resided in the same place and relied on the naked eye to determine when the moon was seen. One did not have to travel vast distances to see the sight of a moon as it happens today.
As Islam slowly spread over the centuries, it was not possible to determine the sighting of the moon at one place and at the same time be transmitted globally to all Muslims.
An attempt to standardize the Islamic calendar is a process that began in the 20th century with the introduction of a large-scale nation-state.
The Ottomans of the last Islamic Khilafat did not have a standardized fasting timetable within their vast lands, choosing instead to abandon the process to local Islamic scholars. This was an unsatisfactory issue for centuries
Some Muslim countries have recently decided to use binoculars in addition to mathematical calculations, while others have maintained a centuries-old tradition of viewing the moon with the naked eye
Some Muslims disagree on whether viewing the moon at one place should also apply to another, whether through binoculars or otherwise.
As a result, some Muslims start fasting on one day while others on a different day, however, this would have been normal for centuries.
Muslims believe that the angel Gabriel descended from heaven during the month of Ramadan for the Prophet Muhammad (who with respect to Muslims ’tiled God’s message from the tile’
These orally revealed revelations formed the founding text of the Islamic faith called the Quran, which Muslims consider to be an untold and final message of Allah
Muslims believe that the night of revelation is one of the odd-numbered nights in the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan.
Many Muslims mark the occasion on the 27th night, which they call ‘Lailat ul Qadr’ or ‘The Night of Destiny’ with additional prayers.
Ramadan was later designated as a fasting month by the Prophet Muhammad after revelations in the Quran.
The Saudi Supreme Council, an Islamic scholarly body, is one of the main institutions for viewing Muslims when it is seen whether the moon is seen there.
While other Muslim countries like Morocco, Turkey, Bangladesh decide to practice watching for themselves.
What exactly does the word Ramadan mean?
According to Muslim Matters, the word Ramadan stems from the ancient Arabic word ‘Ramdha’, which means the intense heat of the sun.
The article states that the months were named according to the seasons in which they fell, so Ramadan should basically be implemented in a hot summer month.
However, depending on where you live, the pronunciation may be different; Ramadan, Ramadan, Ramadan, all have different ways of saying the same thing.