Ramzan 2021: Date and Significance of Islamic Calendar’s holiest month

April 12, 2021 | Updated 5:30 pm

Ramzan 2021: Date and Significance of Islamic Calendar’s holiest month People shop for Ramadan at Al-Mubarakiya market in Kuwait City, Kuwait, April 22, 2020. Source: Xinhua

Muslims across the world started fasting on Monday to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan in the Islamic Calendar. The ninth month ends with the festival of Eid-Ul Fitr. During the month, devotees do not take any food or water from dusk to dawn. Only two meals are taken per day, one before dawn (Suhur) and one after dusk (Iftar).

Date and Significance

The holy month will be observed in India from Monday 12, 2021 to May 11, 2020. The month begins with the sighting of the new moon and ends with the same too after which the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated. According to Islamic beliefs, it was in this month that the first verses of the Quran were sent by Allah (god) to Prophet Muhammad, the last messenger of God. The night on which the verses were revealed is called Laylat al-Qadr or Night of Decree.

During the month, it is also believed that God forgives all sins of the individual and they are expected to not perform any  acts like lying, fighting, intercourse during the period of fasting.

All adult Muslims are expected to observe the fast throughout the month. However, the sick, disabled, elderly, people who are travelling and women who are experiencing menstruations and pregnancy are granted exception.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr people greet each other with gifts and celebrate with their friends and families.