We are going to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Ramadan in the UK. In this Beautiful month, all the Muslims in the UK try to fast and make the most out of this time by doing good deeds and seeking forgiveness. Fasting during Ramadan is mandatory, and there are questions related to fasting that need to be elaborated. Here is a list of some common questions asked by many Muslims and non-muslims during the month of Ramadan.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a month in which the Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and engaging in all the acts that are supposed to be considered spiteful. Ramadan is regarded as the fifth pillars of Islam according to all the Muslim community. Muslims around the world are obliged to follow this pillar which is known as fasting.
The fasting begins at Suhoor, also referred to as Sehri, which means the time before the sunrise. It ends at the time of evening and known as the Iftar, the time immediately after the sunset. According to Muslims, this the month in which the Holy Book of the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The Holy Book of the Quran is the guidance for all humankind.
When does Ramadan start?
This year Ramadan in the UK started on 12th April 2021, and the first fasting day was 13th of April 2021. Every year the Month of Ramadan moves forward to 10 or 11 days at the start of the Islamic lunar calendar. The months start depending upon the sighting of the moon; it usually ends in 29 or 30 days until the next moon sighting.
When does Ramadan in the UK end?
The end of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon after Ramadan starts. Ramadan ends by marking the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, after which all the Muslims around the world stop fasting. It ends when the moon of the next lunar month is sighted. The following month of Shawwal begins with the new moon sighting.
In 2021, Ramadan in the UK is anticipated to end on or around the 12th May, with Eid-ul-Fitr taking place on or around the 13th May – subject to the sighting of the moon. Dates may vary depending upon the weather conditions.
Is fasting in Ramadan compulsory?
For Muslims, fasting is mandatory in the month of Ramadan for all those who have reached puberty. However, there are exemptions for children, travellers, and people with disabilities.
What is a fast?
One of the five pillars of Islam where Muslims fasts, also known as Sawm. The act of willingly refraining yourself from eating, drinking, and from all those acts that are considered ill-natured from dawn till dusk. Muslims practise patience and seek forgiveness in this holy month and try to cut all the actions that harm other human beings.
What are the benefits of fasting?
The sole purpose of fasting is to cleanse the mind and body. During Ramadan in the UK, Muslims focus on purifying their spirituality and work on strengthening their faith. It is believed that all the rewards are multiplied in the month of Ramadan. With this in mind, all Muslims recite the Holy Quran more than usual and offer prayers to make the most out of this month.
Who can fast?
Although it’s obligatory for each Muslim who reached puberty to fast during Ramadan, people who missed the chance to fast this month because of illness or any other medical reason can fast in the later dates. Those who are unable to fast due to different medical conditions can pay an amount instead of fasting. That amount is known as Fidya and is given by the person to compensate for the missed fasting opportunity. The sum of that Fidya should be equivalent to providing two meals for one person or dinner for two-person for that particular day.
Can I drink water during fasting?
It is prohibited to eat or drink while fasting.
What happens if someone accidentally eats/drinks?
If an individual mistakenly ate or drank something while fasting, then this unintentional act does not break your fast, and you can continue fasting for the rest of the day.
What type of food are recommended while fasting?
The most typical way to break your fast is with a date with water at iftar time, and then you can have a proper meal afterwards.
Which Duas (Prayers) are recommended during Ramadan?
There are many Dua (Prayers) recommended during Ramadan, but the best way is to make dua. However, certain Duas for suhoor and iftar time you can recite as they act as the niyyah (intention).
Can you brush your teeth?
There have been so many contradictions about brushing your teeth, so you have to be careful before jumping to any conclusions. There have been many references that explain if brushing your teeth while fasting is permissible or not, so you have to consult your local imam and masjid.
How long can we fast?
Ramadan in the UK and the time duration of fasting are relatively moderate. The fast timing in the UK varies between 16 to 17 hours long.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine during Ramadan?
There are a lot of Muslims out there who are concerned about whether or not they should get vaccinated while fasting. Although there are so many ruling on this issue that tells us that getting injected does not break the fast. Even if you have to give blood for a certain medical test that is also permissible.
As long as it’s about the COVID vaccine, the NHS health department advised that Muslims should not ignore the vaccination process.
Some NHS vaccination sites in England are still extending their opening hours so that Muslims can receive the jab after sunset.
What exemptions are there?
There are so many factors on which exemptions can be made while fasting. Some of them are listed below:
- You are taking medication for a long-term condition, and you cannot fast because of it.
- You are in the midst of hospital treatment, including blood transfusions and peritoneal dialysis. This is a severe condition where exemption can be made.
- You are a child (not yet reached puberty) it means you are not obliged to fast till now.
- You are breastfeeding a child and need to take care of yourself and your diet. So in that case, there is an exemption for skipping the fast.
- You suffer from severe migraines and different possible medical conditions where it becomes unbearable for you to fast.
- You have diabetes and must inject insulin where it becomes impossible for you to fast.
In cases where people have medical conditions and cannot possibly manage to fast are advised to pay Fidya daily. To make up for the missing fasts in Ramadan.
There are exemptions for older adults because their health condition can fluctuate or become unstable when fasting. The travelling people are advised to skip the fast. They can make up for the missing fasts in the upcoming days.
Muslims who deliberately break fast without any viable reasons are liable for Kaffarah.
Note: Make sure you donate as much as you can in this blessed month with all the Ramadan Donations 2021
This year Ramadan started on 12th of April 2021 in the UK. The first fasting day was on the 13th of April 2021. Make sure you keep an eye on the Ramadan Timetable 2021 to make sure you don’t miss out on the Eid holidays 2021 schedule. Make sure to follow all the Ramadan prayers time UK, so you don’t miss any prayers.