* These prayer times are for Dubai. For Abu Dhabi, add 4 minutes. Deduct 4 minutes for Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, 1 minute for Sharjah and Ajman, and 6 minutes for Fujairah.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a month of great significance and importance for Muslims all around the world. It memorializes the time when Allah revealed the first chapters of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The start of Ramadan is identified by the sighting of the sickle shape of the moon, which marks the beginning of a new month in the Islamic calendar.
During Ramadan, Muslims practice self-restraint and self-discipline and show affinity toward less fortunate people. They engage in acts of kindness and charity, known as zakat, to assist those in need. Fasting from aurora to dusk is a crucial aspect of Ramadan, but it’s not just about refraining from food and water. Muslims also avoid smoking, lying, gossiping, and engaging in intimate activities.
This time of restraint offers ample opportunity for introspection, which is a critical part of Ramadan. It’s a time to reevaluate one’s thoughts, alter behaviors, help others, and strive to become a better person. Muslims believe that the spiritual rewards for good deeds are multiplied during Ramadan.
Muslims break their fast daily with a date and meal collaborative with family. At the end of Ramadan, there is a cheerful three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated with family, friends, and delicious food.