When is the Start of Ramadan 2019?

The Meaning of Ramadan


When does Ramadan 2019 begin? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is observed.

What is Ramadan?

The holiday honors the time when Allah, via the angel Gabriel, revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to a caravan trader named Muhammad.

Muslims believe that fasting cleanses the body, and the practice reminds them of the suffering of the poor.

Beginning at puberty, all Muslims (with certain exceptions, such as if one is ill, traveling, pregnant, elderly, etc.) take part in the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fast that is the hallmark of Ramadan. Eating and drinking (including water) is prohibited from sunrise to sunset, and the day’s abstinence is offset by a pre-dawn meal called sehri and a nightly meal known as iftar. For iftar, many traditionally break the fast by first eating dates, as the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have done to break his fast. Foods traditionally served at iftar vary; one such dish is the Kurdish Hot-and-Spicy Red-Lentil Soup. Food is often shared with a poor family during Ramadan.

At the end of the 29- or 30-day fast (depending on the length of the lunar cycle) is Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), when there is much feasting and celebration.

First Evening of Ramadan

Year First Evening of Ramadan (fasting begins at dawn next day)
2018 Tuesday, May 15 at sundown
2019 Sunday, May 6 at sundown
2020 Thursday, April 23 at sundown

(Dates are according to The Fiqh Council of North America and reflect North American regions.)

If you observe Ramadan, please share your traditions below!


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RAMADAN is very intrested

RAMADAN is very intrested month which all remaining 11 month are working after it Fa marhaban bika ya RAMADAN

Hello Ibrahim, Arabic is so

Hello Ibrahim, Arabic is so beautiful. Would you translate some of the phrases when you post. I only know peace and God willing.

I lived in the middle east as a child, We were taught not to drink water in front of those fasting. In a restaurant we HAD to drink our Coca-cola as this was how the waiter supported his family.

Purdah seemed more of a protection than it does today. Women in purdah were protected and no one would dare touch one. Times were tough. Small pox and blindness were rampant and many widows had to beg at the suq.

Maybe we got along so well because we all were just trying to make do.

Many blessings to you and yours,

I have friends who are going

I have friends who are going to India december / January and they say it is the festive time there (Ramzan, Christmas, New year and Farmers festival). but every where I look, it says that ramzan is in June not in December? Please tell me the festivals held in this time. I know they will be celebrating pongal Which I believe is January 15th? I am studying Hinduism and have followed Navratri and Mahavidyas I have been involved in Kali fire ceremonies and wish to worship her in a temple. If anyone has information I would be very grateful. Thank you

Hello dear

Hello dear annaneale,

according to Islamic calender, the festival starts from the end of ramadan, the fasting of 2015 will ends at July 17th and the festival will starts at:18th of July 2015 insha Allah(if God willing)

best regards from Afghanistan

I am a Christian school Bible

I am a Christian school Bible teacher and came across this while looking up the start of Ramadan. I do not agree with a lot of Islam's teachings, but I do instruct my students about the history and faith of Islam. I tell them most Muslims I have known are very hospitable and sincere people, family oriented and for the most part tolerant of Christians. I knew a Muslim couple who moved here from Iraq, and they were always kind and respectful to me and my family even though they knew my Christian beliefs. I am not hesitant sharing my faith with Muslims, but I also believe that it requires tact and sensitivity to their faith and tradition.

Muslims consider all people

Muslims consider all people brothers and sisters. Muslim men can marry muslim, christian, and jewish wome. Because they believe all are from good books.
In every religion there are real good people, it is not religion the problem. The problem is to teach each born child respecrt, love for all things created. Fi Amaan Allah

Indeed my brother tolerance

Indeed my brother tolerance is very important for all peaceful coexistence but not a ticket to entering algenna (heaven). Religion has been man's way of trying to reach God. God however has provided the only way to reach Him, through Jesus Christ, the only way, truth and the life. Without Him as our defence attorney, our many sins or filthy righteousness cannot give us eternal life. Pls believe and receive Him in your heart today. God loves you.

You are right Gracely if you

You are right Gracely if you follow what Jesus (Isa (pbuh)) said you will go to heaven he spoke the truth and he had the sprit of truth with him. As muslim we follow exactly what Jesus said and do what he advised us to do. If you don't believe me read the Quran and you will see how Jesus (Isa (Pbuh)) is spoken about so nicely and I am sure you will learn more beautiful things about Jesus. The Quran/Islam praises Jesus.

I recently had a baby by a a

I recently had a baby by a a Muslim,whom has nothing to do with my son Suja,All I want is that he know both religions..I am Caucasian and His Dad's Religion...He is Married to a Muslim Woman,whom didn't live in Florida at the time..she resided in Bangladesh, recently came to Florida...His friends are very kind to my Baby Son,I am grateful that they will teach him Allah and I will Learn also...I was mislead from his Dad but more shocked he doesn't be in his life..

Knowing both religions

Peace be unto you Marla Perez,
I would like to apologize for the actions of my brother first and foremost, his negligence is detrimental to the relationship between you and him and also, the child.
I would like to begin by saying the religion was one and that after many intentional errors in the old and new testaments things became, incorrect for example most people are of the example that polygamy was forbidden after the new testament but I refute that and the bible in the New Testament shows us .
In the book of ! Timothy 3;2, A bishop then must be blameless, he must have only one wife, and he must be hard working, and thoughtful, orderly, and full of good deeds.
If you will notice the specification is for a Bishop only and not for everyone, which makes sense they are more consumed in their devotion to the church so they will be hard pressed if they have multiple wives.
But you will notice no general prohibition of plural marriage in itself.
There are many things that we do not see or have been taught for example they way to wash before you pray was given to Prophet Moses peace be upon him, in Exodus 30;21, So they shall wash their hands and feet, that they die not , and it shall be a statute forever to them even to him and his seed throughoiut their generations. Notice the word used is forever people will try to wiggle their way around it and say that was old testament ALLAH the most compassionate knew people will say that so HE put it again in the new testament.
John 13;9, Peter said unto him Lord not my feet only, but also my hands and my head, and the way they prayed.
Exodus and Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth and worshipped.
Revelation 11;16, And the four and twenty elders which sat before GOD on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshipped GOD.
And in Matthew 5 ;17-19 Jesus says he did not come to nullify the law but to fulfill it. Not one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until heaven and earth pass.
And in Matthew 15;9 But in vain they do worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
So where did the deviation come from Paul in Acts 9;19-29 then he contradicts himself in Galatians 1 15-19 by telling the truth and swearing to it then in Romans 3 verse 7 he tells us he lied most people are not keen enough to detect these things and onlty listen to what they were taught instead of doing as ALLAH commanded in the bible Prove all things and hold fast to that which is correct.
If you read What did Jesus really say by Mishal ibn Abdullah it has all of the topics and shows the opinions of the Christian scholars who tell us that these things were not original doctrine GOD was always ONE it was people who changed HIS word as Prophet Moses peace be upon him says in Deuteronomy 31; 25- 29 and also Jeremiah 8; 8, may you be enlightened and may ALLAH who created all humans and all creation guide you to the truth Amen.

You are just flat out wrong about what you say.

Timothy 3;2, A bishop then must be blameless, he must have only one wife, and he must be hard working, and thoughtful, orderly, and full of good deeds.

If it takes having one wife to be blameless then obviously having more then one is not blameless. This is made clear by using the word blameless. Scripture did not say for him to have one wife because of time restraints. Lets just go with what scripture says. You can't just fill in the blanks and assume things to fit your needs, and desires. You may like the idea of having multiple wife's but that doesn't make it so.

You also left much out of scripture to fit your needs, which is very wrong. Scripture is not for your needs to twist, but is what it is.

John 13:5 After That he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter said unto him, Lord dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shall know here after.

8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands, and my head.10 Jesus saith unto him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.11 For he knew who should betray him therefor said he, ye are not all clean.

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garmenst, and was set down again, he said unto them, know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me master and Lord: and ye say well: for so I am. 14 If I then, your lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Here Jesus Clearly says that if your clean, that you only need to wash your feet, and most importantly he done this to give an example of how we are supposed to be with one another, just as it says. He only washed their feet, and he corrected Peter which you completely left out. Yet you try to use this for your vain tradition of washing of the hands. Here is what Jesus said about that..

Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother, and he that curses father or mother let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father, or his mother, it is a gift, by whatsover thou mightest be profited by me: 6 and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be set free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah pophesy of you saying, 8 This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 but in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, hear, and understand. 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man, But that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth man. 12 And then came his Disciples, knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended after they heard this saying. 13 But he answered and said, Every plant which my Heavenly father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone, they be blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind then both shall fall in the Ditch. 15 Then aswered peter and said unto him, declare unto us this parable. 16 And Jesus said are ye also with out understanding. 17 Do not ye yet understand that whatsoever enterith in at the mouth go into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the Heart proceed, evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and blasphemies : 20 These things are what defileth a man, But to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man.

You are being just as the Pharasees were in that day, and still you are going on with your vain traditions, and teaching men the same, when Jesus made it perfectly clear.


God said to tolerate the Christians and Jews. Some people claim that Muslims say that we call them infidels and that they should be killed. But that's not what God said. The infidels were the polytheist who circled the Kabaa and who attempted to kill Muhammad- peace be upon him. God said to tolerate the Christians and Jews.

Greetings! It's good to know

Greetings! It's good to know that you're appreciating Muslims even though you have a different religion, thank you. Let's respect each others religion.

I'm a christian my belief is

I'm a christian my belief is there
is only one god which man has given many names!Jesus is the only way. i never force my
religion on anyone but i do make it know that i'm a christian.Children are easy to be miss lead, when you say that most muslim are sincere that is your experince. what do you mean tolerant of christians? it requires tact and sensitivy to all
peoples religion not jut the muslims.

Asslamwalaikum Ramzan mubarak

Ramzan mubarak

As^salamu alaykum... I'm not

As^salamu alaykum...

I'm not a Muslim but i convert to Muslim last year.. i try to obligation to Allah (god the creator)..

anybody to answer my question.. what is the end of fasting..?

The end of fasting by an hour

The end of fasting by an hour is different based on where you live, it is when you hear the call for Magrib prayer, after the sun down

If you mean the end as in the

If you mean the end as in the purpose .... it is a yearly detox ...regulates your body functions. Apart from the health benefits, it is a form of self restraint and discipline. It also sensitizes you to the needs of the less privileged and encouragez selflessness n giving...

But brother you are a muslim,

But brother you are a muslim, Alhumdulillah!!

You reverted to your religion, this is why i love Islam. It is the most free religion, some muslims, like other religious people, thye make up their own interpretations to follow, hiding behind their books. We all know we come from a creator no matter what religion we follow, how we follow our creator is our choice, our creator allowed us freedom of choice. What happens is that in all religions have the ones that cause havoc amongs us peace lovers. They are the greedy, selfish, money hungry that care nothing about sharing the good natural earth that our creator, created for all. Fi Amaan Allah

You are right. The Creator

You are right. The Creator has created this earth for all whether you believe in the Creator or not. The Creator has been merciful to all creation whether you believe or not believe. But unbelievers remember one thing did you pay anything to have life, do you pay for the sun, the moon, the oxygen/air it's all free provided by the Creator. The creator wants to know if you truly appreciate it or not and thank the Creator for everything. If you don't when you return to the Creator you will have to answer for your ignorance to all the signs around you.

You convert in Mumslim means

You convert in Mumslim means YOU ARE MUSLIM


after 30holy days from

after 30holy days from starting of ramzan it end and in those 30days Allah give 70x of any worship pray e.g if you pray namaz e fazr you will get credit 70 days of namaz e fazr...
all hamdulillah
and in whole ramzan Allah opens the gate for heaven and all close the gate of hell... if any Muslim who belief in Allah with heart dies he goes to heaven in these days without any question or query...

The end of the day of fasting

The end of the day of fasting is called iftari. That is when you open your fast.

Brother Gary, Wa aleykum

Brother Gary,
Wa aleykum salaam.

Please keep in touch with me so that we can further communicate and learn day by day as there's much to learn before we leave this world.

In Islam we learn from the baby cot to the grave.

Wish you well.

Ramadan will end on july 17

Ramadan will end on july 17 ,2015 ,,,,,and there will be Eid on july 18 ,2015 ,,,,May Allah grant us Patience to fast during the holy month of Ramadan and on Lailat ul Qadr specially

As Salaam Alaikum Brother

As Salaam Alaikum Brother Gary I am not sure what your question is or how to answer it: But here goes If you converted to Al-Islam then you are a muslim;the end of fasting is depending where you live and time zone I am in America, New York City, and it ends nightly here a little before 9pm.

It is not celebration of end

It is not celebration of end fasting,but a time is joyfulness and Thanksgiving for Allah....

muhammad did been food no

muhammad did been food no fasting time short. i looked people did food at night. different real jesus dont eat 40 day. please you tell me

Asslama Walekum ramzan

Asslama Walekum ramzan mubarak my all Muslim brother and sister

mashaallah alahamdulillah,

mashaallah alahamdulillah, alhamdulullah.........
welcome to ramadan karim for all of my muslim brather and syster