UAE Ramadan 2016
Ramadan in 2016 is expected on Monday, the 6th of June and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, the 5th of July. Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Sunday, the 5th of June.
Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar one.
This difference means Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.
Note that the date as above is based on astronomical calculations and not on the actual sighting of the moon with the naked eyes. Therefore is subject to moon sighting and may differ from the date shown above.
During Ramadan, Muslims practice sawm, or fasting. The practice of fasting during Ramadan means that Muslims may not eat or drink anything including water while the sun is shining. Fasting is one of the five pillars or duties of Islam.
One of the most important aspects of the Ramadan fast is called niyyah. Niyyah literally means “the intention” Muslims must not simply or accidentally abstain from food; they must achieve the niyyah.
A Muslim must have the intention in heart that the fast is meant to be worship for Allah alone. So, if someone fasts for political or dietary reasons, he would not achieve niyyah.
Whoever does not make niyyah before dawn, would not have fasted. Fasting is so important to Muslims for a number of reasons. First, when you are not paying attention to your mortal needs such as food, you may be able to become more in tune with God and your spiritual side.
The fast serves to remind Muslims of the suffering of the poor. This idea reinforces the importance of charity during Ramadan. Fasting gives Muslims an opportunity to practice self-control and cleanse the body and mind.
Many cultures and religions use fasting for this purpose. During Ramadan, fasting helps Muslims with their spiritual devotion as well as in developing a feeling of kindship with other Muslims. As the history goes, Ramadan is the month in which Allah contacted the prophet, Mohammed, to give him the verses of the holy book, or Qu’ran.
As such, praying during Ramadan is especially important. Muslims say nightly prayers whether it is Ramadan or not, but the taraweeh, or Ramadan nightly prayer, carries additional weight.