The time is almost upon us for the holy month of Ramadan and we are putting together the resources to help you prepare. Alhamdulillah! This month is a spiritual month in which we try to get closer to Allah (SWT). Spending time reflecting on our devotion, cleansing ourselves of temptation and celebrating in the love and mercy that Allah (SWT) provides.
Our Ramadan timetable for 2021 will help you plan your month, with times from the East London Mosque for individual prayers and Iftar and Suhor. As fasting must be started at sunrise when you have completed the first prayer of the day (Fajr), make sure you are prepared.
Simply click the download link below for your convenient Ramadan calendar 2021 that you can keep for reference or print and hang so it’s always in sight.
It is a tradition to come together to break your fast after the evening Maghrib prayer at sunset and with our handy Ramadan timetable for 2021 dates, you’ll never miss an Iftar (the second meal of the day) with loved ones again.
When is Ramadan in 2021?
Ramadan 2021 is anticipated to begin in the evening of Monday 12th April, lasting 30 days and ending in the evening of Tuesday 11th May but will depend on the sighting of the moon over Mecca. The first full day of fasting should fall on Tuesday 13st April 2021. In the Islamic Calendar, following the lunar cycle, Ramadan is the 9th month of the year 1442 AH, which began 20th August 2020 and will end on 9th August 2021.
As the Islamic Calendar follows the lunar cycle, the dates of major holidays change in the Gregorian calendar year to year by approximately ten days.
Timetable of Important Ramadan 2021 Dates
There are a number of important dates to remember throughout Ramadan including;
Monday 12th April – Ramadan start date
Tuesday 13th April – Sawm, the first full day of fasting
Saturday 8th May – 27th Night of Ramadan – The Night of Power
Tuesday 11th May – the last day of Ramadan
Wednesday 12th May – the festival of Eid ul-Fitr start date
Ramadan is a time for great reward and is a popular time to pay Zakat to multiply your blessings in this life and the Hereafter. Donate your Zakat, Fidya and Kaffarah with Orphans in Need and help those less fortunate enjoy a blessed Ramadan with their Brothers and Sisters around the world.
Sawm: The Fourth Pillar of Islam
A core part of Ramadan is Sawm, meaning fasting. Sawm is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves abstaining from food, drink, sexual activity and habits such as smoking. Although Sawm is followed at various times throughout the Islamic Calendar it has the greatest links to the month of Ramadan, when we fast from sunrise to sunset consistently for 30 days.
‘The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days’.
Surah Al-Baqarah (2), Ayah 183-187
Laylat Al-Qadr (The Night of Power)
Also called the Night of Decree, Night of Destiny and the Night of Value. The Night of Power is thought to fall on or around one of the odd days in the last 10 days of the month or commonly, the 27th Night of Ramadan. During Ramadan 2021, this is expected to fall on Saturday 8th May. It is an exceptional night in which the Qur’an was first revealed and is considered one of the most blessed of nights throughout the entire year.
To recognise the Night of Power, many Muslims spend the night in deep prayer, speaking aloud their devotion and messages to Allah (SWT). For your acts of worship you will receive blessings greater than worshipping for an entire lifetime, equalling 1000 months or 83 years, so place great importance on this night and do not forget to praise Allah (SWT).
‘We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Decree:
And what will explain to thee what the Night of Decree is?
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand:
Peace!… This until the rise of dawn!’
Surah 97 (Al-Qadr), Ayah 1–5
Depending on the sighting of the moon, the festival of Eid ul-Fitr is expected to begin on the evening of Wednesday 12th May. Keep an eye out for community events and the confirmed start time from your local mosque closer to the time.
Frequently Asked Ramadan Timetable Questions
There are some questions that come up year after year but the answers tend to change with the dates. We answer your Ramadan FAQs here.