Ramadan is the holy month for the Muslims in which we fast from dawn to dusk and make sure to get the most out of this month. This month of blessings is just a few months ahead. So, start preparing for Ramadan 2020 now to celebrate this month spiritually – the way Islam asks it to be. We’ll be sharing Ramadan Calendar for you here on this page.
The first thing that you’ll be interested to know about Ramadan is its starting date, isn’t it? If this is your question, then you’ll find your answer here in this article along with the other useful information regarding this month of blessings. So, let’s start periodically by sharing the start date of Ramzan and then moving towards its significance and how can you make it perfect this year.
First Day of Ramadan Mubarak:
Ramadan 2020 is going to start on April 24th. Obviously, it depends on the sight of the moon but the Islamic calendars created can provide a close estimate from the month of Ramadan and this is what we are relying on. Keep reading and you can find the complete Ramadan Calendar here on this page too.
Days to the start of Ramadan:
Approximately 2 months are left for the start of Ramadan 2020. May Allah Almighty bless us all to have the most from this month.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the Holy month of Muslims in which they fast as instructed by Allah Almighty. This month teaches patience and sacrifice to the entire Muslim Community. It provides a sense of care to the wealthy about the needs of the poor and the ultimate aim of creation of this feeling and sentiment is to trigger a balance between the rich and the poor segments of the society.
Additionally, the rewards for each of the good deeds done in Ramadan Kareem is multiplied by manifolds. This is why prayers apart from the ones that are obligatory are also performed by Muslims along with other acts of charity and kindness.
When is Ramadan 2020?
Ramadan 2020 is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Each year, this month provides the Muslims all over the world with an opportunity to deviate from their normal lifestyle and spend their days and nights in pursuit of happiness of Allah Almighty.
This year, the first year of Ramadan is on April 24th. You must start preparing for the beautiful month of blessings as it is just two months away.
Importance of Ramadan According to Quran:
Sawm or fasting in the month of Ramadan is the third pillar of Islam. So, it is highly important for the Muslims. In the quran following verses emphasize the importance of Ramadan Mubarak.
“The month of Ramadan (is the month) in which the Qur’an has been sent down as guidance for mankind containing clear signs which lead (to the straight road) and distinguishing (the truth from falsehood)..”[2:185]
Here is another ayat that clarifies the importance of Ramzan:
“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness”[2:183]
Another ayat that highlights the importance of Ramzan is:
“We sent it (this Qur’an) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur’an or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”[44:36]
Importance of Ramadan Mubarak according to Sunnah:
Here are some hadith about fasting. You can analyze the importance of this blessed month through these hadiths:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”(Imam Bukhari)
Here is another hadith highlighting the importance of Ramadan Kareem:
Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.”(Imam Bukhari)
Here is another hadith highlighting the importance of Ramzan:
“Fasting is a shield with which a servant protects himself from the Fire.”[Imam Ahmad, Saheeh]
Important Days in Ramadan Kareem:
Ramadan is of 29 or 30 days depending on the sight of the moon. Within these 29-30 days, the following are the important days in Ramadan.
Beginning of Ramadan 2020:
The beginning of the month of Ramadan Mubarak is one of the important days in this Islamic month. As the Islamic calendar is based on the sight of the moon, so does this month. Religious scholars can predict the estimates for the occurrence of the month but some scholars consider it important to sight the new moon to validate the start of the month.
LaylaTul Qadr is the night of blessings. It is the holiest nights of the entire year but the date of which is not certain. Muslims have been asked to explore it within the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. In order to explore this night of blessings, the odd numbered nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan are spent in praying and doing azkars.
According to some references, the 27th night of Ramadan is considered as the LaylaTul Qadr. However, it is better to find this night of blessing in the odd nights as you won’t like to miss the most powerful night of the year.
End of Ramadan 2020:
The end of Ramadan is with the festivity known as Eid ul Fitr. It is celebrated on the first of Shawal (the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar). The sight of the moon is necessary for this purpose too. Most of the time, the last day of Ramadan is unclear, so if it is the 29th sawm, you might get one more day to pray.
In spirit, the purpose of Ramadan is to create an environment where the difference between the rich and poor is diminished. However, Islam has set certain rituals for the execution of fasts in the best possible way. The main importance is given to suhoor and iftar time.
Sehri Time or Suhoor:
This is the time before the sunrise when Muslims eat and drink to start their fast for the entire day. It is the pre-fast meal and can be continued till the start of the adhan for the fajr prayer. As soon as the adhan is called, the Muslims have to stop eating and make the sehri prayer.
Iftari Time or Iftar:
This is the time of sunset when the Muslim break their fast. The adhan for Maghrib usually helps the Muslim to find the exact time for breaking their fast. It is important to break the fast on time, prolonging it for no reason isn’t considered a good practice religiously.
Fasting is Obligatory in the month of Ramadan:
Sawm or Fast is the obligatory task that has been assigned to every Muslim above the age of 12 years. Although, there are strict instructions for everyone to fast and do good deeds but there are certain exemptions provided by Allah for those who have their genuine problems. We’ll be discussing some of these conditions in the next section of this page.
Common Factors that can break a fast:
Here are some of the common factors that can break a fast. So, it is important to avoid these activities to ensure that you’ll complete your fast as prescribed in the religion.
- Eating or drinking deliberately would lead the fast to an end. However, that does not apply to unintentional eating.
- Taking food or drink via injections.
People exempt from Fasting:
Islam is a religion that provides us with a holistic way to live our life. So, Islam takes into account the factors which can limit the ability of individuals to fast in the month of Ramadan. Here are certain conditions in which the Muslims can avail the exemption from fasting:
Mentally challenged individuals:
The people who are mentally challenged are exempt from fasting as they neither know about the rituals of fasting nor are they aware about the benefits that come along. So, Islam has exempted them from fasting.
The children below the age of puberty are not required to fast in the month of Ramadan.
The people who are traveling are exempt from maintaining fast. This is because it might get difficult for such individuals to keep up their fast and manage traveling together.
Muslim men or women who are suffering from temporary or permanent sickness can have exemption from fasting during the month of Ramadan. By permanent sickness, we mean the sickness that is continuing in nature. In this situation, it is not mandatory to make up for the missed fasts.
However, when the sickness is temporary in nature, it is essential to make up for the missed fasts. By temporary sickness, we mean the sickness that isn’t too severe but can create problems for the individuals in case of keeping fasts. Some of these illnesses include moderate cough and fever.
These categories might not include all the individuals who are exempt from fasting. So, you should refer to a scholar in this regard.
Ramadan Kareem Calendar 2020:
Here is the Ramadan timetable or Ramadan Calendar. It highlights the month of Ramadan for the residents of Muslims US. You can easily find the Ramadan Date according to the Gregorian calendar through this table.
Usually, there is no holiday at the start or end of Ramadan. However, if any national holiday coincides with the start or end of this month, then you can consider it as an extra bonus.
Ramadan Calendar 2020 For USA
|Ramadan Date||Gregorian Calendar Date||Sehr Time||Iftar Time|
|1||Fri 24 April||03:55 AM||6:45 PM|
|2||Sat 25 April||03:54 AM||6:45 PM|
|3||Sun 26 April||03:52 AM||6:46 PM|
|4||Mon 27 April||03:51 AM||6:47 PM|
|5||Tue 28 April||03:50 AM||6:48 PM|
|6||Wed 29 April||03:48 AM||6:49 PM|
|7||Thu 30 April||03:47 AM||6:49 PM|
|8||Fri 01 May||03:46 AM||6:50 PM|
|9||Sat 02 May||03:44 AM||6:51 PM|
|10||Sun 03 May||03:43 AM||6:52 PM|
|11||Mon 04 May||03:42 AM||6:52 PM|
|12||Tue 05 May||03:40 AM||6:53 PM|
|13||Wed 06 May||03:39 AM||6:54 PM|
|14||Thu 07 May||03:38 AM||6:55 PM|
|15||Fri 08 May||03:37 AM||6:55 PM|
|16||Sat 09 May||03:36 AM||6:56 PM|
|17||Sun 10 May||03:34 AM||6:57 PM|
|18||Mon 11 May||03:33 AM||6:58 PM|
|19||Tue 12 May||03:32 AM||6:58 PM|
|20||Wed 13 May||03:31 AM||6:59 PM|
|21||Thu 14 May||03:30 AM||7:00 PM|
|22||Fri 15 May||03:29 AM||7:01 PM|
|23||Sat 16 May||03:28 AM||7:01 PM|
|24||Sun 17 May||03:27 AM||7:02 PM|
|25||Mon 18 May||03:26 AM||7:03 PM|
|26||Tue 19 May||03:25 AM||7:03 PM|
|27||Wed 20 May||03:24 AM||7:04 PM|
|28||Thu 21 May||03:23 AM||7:05 PM|
|29||Fri 22 May||03:22 AM||7:06 PM|
|30||Sat 23 May||03:21 AM||7:07 PM|
Jafferi Ramadan Calendar:
The Ramadan Calendar shows the sehri and iftari time for the Hanafi School of thought. In order to find the Ramadan timings or Ramadan calendar for Jafferi school of thought, you can lessen 10 minutes from the sehri time mentioned in the above chart and can add 10 minutes in the iftari time. This practice will lead you to get the accurate Ramadan calendar for the specific school of thought.
Ramadan 2020 Duas:
After providing you with a complete Ramadan Calendar, we’ll be moving forward to some of the important duas that you should know specifically for Ramadan Kareem.
There are multiple duas that you can recite in Ramadan. Asking for forgiveness and blessings is the main purpose of all the duas. However, there are three special duas or prayers for each 10 days of Ramadan. You can learn them for Ramadan 2020.
Dua for 1st Ashra (1st 10 Days of Ramadan):
1st Ashra is the 1st 10 days of Ramadan. This is known as the Ashrah of Rehmat or Mercy. Here is the dua for the 1st ashra:
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْث“O Living and Eternal Maintainer! By Your mercy I seek help!”
Dua for Second Ashra:
The second Ahrah or the middle ten days of Ramadan Mubarak are known as the Ashra for Maghfirat. Here is the dua for the second ashra.
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللہَ رَبِّی مِنْ کُلِّ زَنْبٍ وَّ اَتُوْبُ اِلَیْہِ“I seek forgiveness from Allah for all my sins and turn to Him.”
Dua for Third Ashra:
The last 10 days of the month of Ramadan is the third Ashra. The dua for the third Ashra is:
الَْلهُمَّ أَجِِرْنَا مِنَ النَّار“Oh Allah, save us from the fire of Hell.”
Dua for Fasting:
The following dua has to be recited to start the fast. It actually shows the intention of Muslim for the fast of this special month of Ramadan Kareem. Here is the dua for Suhoor:
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَI intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan
Iftar Dua or dua for breaking the fast:
The dua for opening fast is as under:
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ وَعَليْكَ تَوَكّلتُ وَ عَلى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ“O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance.”
Other Important Activities in Ramadan 2020:
Here are some of the other important activities in the month of Ramadan.
Taraweeh is the non-obligatory prayer that is performed with Isha prayer. It is Sunnah to perform this prayer and it can provide great rewards for the Muslim.
Itikaf is performed in the last Ashra of Ramadan. In this Ibadah, you need to cut off from the worldly affairs and indulge in prayers and remembering Allah. Usually, men perform Aitkaaf in masjids with special arrangements made for the purpose whereas women perform itikaf in their homes with a special area designated for it.
How to make most out of Ramadan Kareem:
If you are looking to make the most out of this Ramadan 2020, then we have the following suggestions for you. However, the actual meaning of Ramadan does not lie in the quantity of ibadah rather it is the quality of your emotions and the ultimate intent that is going to provide you with the reward. Indeed, it is only Allah Almighty who knows the intent behind an act and the reward associated with it.
Don’t miss the obligatory prayers:
Make sure not to miss any obligatory prayer in Ramadan. Apart from making you habitual of praying, you’ll get a higher reward for each of the prayers performed. Moreover, you’ll be more likely in a position to indulge in other good deeds.
Read Quran as much as you can:
One of the tips that we can give you in this Holy Month is to read the Quran as much as you can. You can start with an aim of finishing the entire Quran once or set a specific portion to be finished each day. This will help you in reading more and getting more reward as a result.
Read tasbeeh after prayers:
Another easy and best way to earn a lot of reward from Allah Almighty is to read tasbeeh after every prayer. You can decide on which of the azkaars to recite, each of them has its own significance.
You can make a lot of duas in the month as it is the month of blessings and purity. Make it a habit to ask for forgiveness and thank Allah Almighty for the countless blessings after every obligatory prayer.
Donate money to the poor:
Another way through which you can get great rewards in Ramadan 2020 is by donating money to the poor and needy. Every cent that you spend on someone in need is rewarded a lot more in comparison to the other days.
Be good in your mannerism:
In Islam, good manners are of high value. So, this Ramadan, try your best to act kind with everyone around you. Even smiling can provide you with the reward of Sadqa, so imagine how many good deeds would you be earning this Ramadan 2020 by showing good manners towards others.
These were some of the activities through which you can earn rewards in the month of Ramadan Kareem. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to get in touch with us so we can share them with our readers and get mutual benefits.
After the entire month of Ramadan fasting, now it is time to celebrate Eid Fitr 2020 (or the Eid after Ramadan. Don’t forget to help the needy on the occasion of Eid too.
Lessons learnt in the Holy Month:
Ramadan is not the name of staying hungry from dawn to dusk. It teaches us brotherhood, care, empathy and good deeds.
It does not only help us in modifying ourselves religiously but also helps in enhancing us from the spiritual point of view. We can easily use this routine and the energy gained as a result of this Holy Month to keep ourselves motivated to do good deeds in the other months as well. May Allah bless us with the bounties and rewards of the month of Ramadan Kareem.