Ramdan expected to start on May 17
According to the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, Ramdan is likely to start on Thursday, May 17 of this year.
Speaking on the prediction, the deputy general of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, Ibrahim Al Jarwan revealed that the length of day during Ramadan in the UAE is likely to be 13 hours and 25 minutes at the start of the Holy Month and will increase to 13 hours and 42 minutes towards the end of the 29 to 30-day period.
He added that the temperature during Ramadan is expected to range between 41°C and 26°C.
As for Eid Al Fitr (the Islamic holiday that marks the end of the Holy Month), the Centre predicted that it is likely to fall on Friday, June 15.
The official starting date as well as the end date for Ramadan will be confirmed by the moon-sighting committee.
If you’re new to the UAE and to the religion of Islam, here’s what you need to know about Ramadan in Dubai.
How long does Ramadan last?
Ramadan usually lasts between 29 and 30 days. This because Muslims follow the Islamic calendar that is based on lunar sightings. According to the Holy Quran (10:5), the new moon is used to mark the first day of each month. So as the average interval between new moons is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds, the lunar months alternate between 29 and 30 days in length.
Why do people fast during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when healthy Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset to bring them closer to God and remind them of people who are less fortunate. It is one of the basic five tenants of the Islamic faith but there is a lot more to it than fasting. Fasting is to abstain. Not just from eating and drinking, but from any negative behaviour like losing your temper, unnecessary extravagance and pride.
Eating and drinking in public
Article 313 of the UAE's penal code states that a person who publicly eats or drinks during the day during Ramadan, or encourages the act of eating or drinking publicly, can face imprisonment of up to a month or a fine of up to AED2,000. All children are allowed to eat and drink as normal.
As Ramadan is a Holy Month, everyone is required to dress respectfully. That means covering your knees and shoulders as well as refraining from wearing clothing that is too tight.