- Introduction to Fasting
- Full details of Fasting from Quran: Chapter 2:183-187
- Religious Duties: A Gift From God: Fasting
- Spiritual Benefits of Fasting: Ramadan, A
Gift of Rememberance
- Misunderstandings and
Violations in Ramadan
- The Night of Destiny
- Medical Benefits of Ramadan
[July 9 – August 6] USA / North America, South America, Europe, Western Asia & Western Africa
[July 9 – August 7] Rest of Asia, Middle East, Eastern Africa, Australia and New Zealand
God willing this year Ramadan begins on July 9, 2013 and ends on
August 6, 2013 for most parts of America (e.g., USA, Canada, Mexico) and Europe.
Along the Eastern hemisphere, including most of Asia, the middle-east, Australia and New Zealand, fasting begins on July 9 and ends on August 7.
To be sure, you may wish to check the new moon timings and compare them to the sunset times at your location. For example, when calculating the end of Ramadan, if the new moon is before sunset of August 6 at your location, then that day is your last fasting day.
Similarly, for the first day of fasting, please check the sunset time at your location and compare it with the new moon time. For example, if the new moon is before sunset on the 8th of July, then July 9th is the first day of fasting for you, God willing. However, if the new moon is after sunset on the 9th, then you will fast on the 10th of July God willing.
To be safe, please check the sunset time at your location and compare it with the new moon time for the beginning and end of the month. You can add your time zone difference from UTC/GMT (below) to obtain the local time for the new moon, or check with one of the software utilities online.
The Night of Destiny (Night of Power) will be on August 3 2013,
God willing (if you begin fasting on July 9).
7:14 a.m. on July 8, 2013 (UTC/GMT)
The new moon times to be used for determining the beginning and
ending of Ramadan are given below for UT (Universal time) – also called
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
9:51 p.m. on August 6, 2013 (UTC/GMT)
To calculate the Ramadan start date - compare the time of the New Moon with
the Sunset in your location. If the new moon is born before
sunset, you should fast the next day God willing. Similarly
to determine the last day of fasting - compare the time of
the next New Moon with the sunset in your location. If the
new moon is born before sunset, the month of Ramadan is complete
on that day.
Phases of the moon data (including the new moon) for this year
(and beyond) are available at the US
Naval Observatory. All times are in UTC (also known as
GMT). To convert to your time zone you can use the Time
Zone Converter. Calculate the information for the date you are interested. Compare the
time of sunset with the time for the new moon (in local time).
A Ramadan Calculator is available for assisting you in calculating the days of fasting.