Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration. More than a billion Muslims around the world commemorate the holy month of Ramadan with fasting and prayer to devote themselves to their faith. Express.co.uk has compiled a list of the best greetings to use to wish someone a happy Ramadan this year.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is considered to be the holiest month.
For Muslims, Ramadan is the time when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.
During this special month, Muslims fast, pray and spend time with loved ones typically.
Fasting, also known as sawm, entails abstaining from eating, smoking, drinking and sexual activity during daylight hours.
Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, along with the others including Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Ramadan cannot begin until Muslim officials observe the first new moon of the month.
This year, Ramadan will begin on Monday, April 12, in the far west.
Most other countries will catch their first glimpse of the moon on April 13.
Start times will vary depending on the country and their chosen observing body.
Ramadan is due to end on Tuesday, May 11 with Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan beginning on Wednesday, May 12.
What other greetings, wishes and quotes can you use during Ramadan?
May all your devotions are answered and May Allah rewards you for all the good deed you!
May this Ramadan be filled with joy, health, and wealth.
Happy Ramadan to everyone. May the blessings of the month Ramadan be on all of us and may Allah grant our prayers and fasts.
Keep the faith. The vision is always for the appointed time. Be patient, prayerful and wait for the fulfilment of your visions.
I pray for your continuous abundance in life, satisfaction, and joy. May all of these be a grant to you, for you are a great brother I treasure. A blessed Ramadan to you!
All the blessings for this holy month.
May Allah bring you peace and happiness this Ramadan.
May the divine blessings of Allah protect you.
Four weeks of blessings to you this Ramadan, I hope you find the courage and triumph over adversity.
Let the spirit of Ramadan remain in your heart and light up your soul from within.