Ramadan 2023 in UAE: Millions of Muslims around the world are preparing for Ramadan as the holy month approaches. The Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during the month of Ramadan, and the devout observe the ninth month of the Islamic calendar with prayers and fasting.
Typically, the Islamic calendar has 29 or 30 days. Because the beginning and conclusion of the month depend on the crescent moon, Ramadan is not fixed to a specific date each year.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn (Fajr) until dusk (Maghrib). (Maghreb). Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and all Muslims who are able to fast are required to do so. In addition to abstaining from food and drink during the month-long fast, Ramadan is a time for self-discipline, introspection, and the formation of positive spiritual practices.
Ramadan 2023: Date, History, Importance of this holy month
Beginning of the sacred month
Saudi Arabia urged Muslims on Sunday to observe the crescent of the holy month of Ramadan on March 21, the evening of the 29th of Sha’ban (8/29/1444 AH). The Supreme Court requested that anyone who observes the crescent, whether with the unaided eye or binoculars, report to the nearest court and report their observation.
Upon the appearance of the crescent, the sacred month of Ramadan begins. The religious authorities in the region will shortly establish moon-sighting committees to watch the sky for the first appearance of the crescent moon. The committees will convene in the UAE on the 29th of Sha’ban, following the Maghreb prayer.
If observed on the 29th of Sha’ban, which falls on March 21 this year, the crescent would signal the commencement of Ramadan on Wednesday, March 22. If the crescent is not observed, Ramadan will commence on March 23 (30th Sha’ban).
The Shariah courts across the nation will follow up and report any sightings to the committee, while the Lunar Calendar Committee of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department will continue to collect evidence and submit its findings to the moon-sighting committee.
Ramadan is the ninth month according to the Islamic calendar. The 12 months are: Muharram, Safar, Rabi’ al-Awwal, Rabi’ al Thani, Jumada al-Awwal, Juamda al-Thani, Rajab, Sha’aban, Ramadan (the month of fasting), Shawwal, Dhu al-Qadah and Dhu al-Hijjah (the month in which Muslims go for Haj – pilgrimage).
As a lunar calendar, even though the Islamic calendar has 12 months, it is shorter than the Gregorian calendar by nearly ten days. This is the reason why Ramadan occurs at a distinct time each year on the Gregorian calendar.