Ramadan is fast approaching and for Bristol’s Muslim community, they are eagerly anticipating what is set to be a month filled with bliss and blessings. For those who partake in the traditions of Ramadan, the prolonged periods of fasting may be tedious but ultimately rewarding both mentally and spiritually.
As fasting times are calculated according to sunrise and sunset; which is why there will be a change each day as Ramadan progresses. Since summer is also almost upon us, this translates to this year’s Ramadan consisting of a fasting period getting longer day by day and gradually lengthening in time.
We compiled a list of key dates, as well as a guide to fasting times for worshippers in Bristol.
When is Ramadan 2022 predicted to start?
The ninth month of Ramadan is based on the Islamic Hijri calendar, which lasts between 29 and 30 days, until the next crescent moon is viewed and marks the end of the holy month.
In comparison to the widely used Gregorian calendar, the Holy month of Ramadan falls approximately 10 days earlier and follows the phases of the moon.
When Ramadan ends the next month will be Shawwal which is the tenth month of the lunar calendar. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin this Saturday on April 2, although, if the moon isn’t sighted, it may begin on the following day.
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Ramadan timetables in Bristol
Daily prayers throughout Ramadan take on an increased importance, as the holy month signifies a time for purification, and dictate the hours of the fast. Many who observe the fast will know the fast begins by sunrise from Fajr until sunset with an Iftar meal, which is marked by the Maghrib prayer.
In addition, worshippers will be voluntarily considering Taraweeh prayers that take place after Isha, the final prayer of the day. Two of Bristol’s biggest masjids, Bristol Central Mosque and Easton Jamia Masjid, have yet to announce official Ramadan timetables.
What’s happening in Bristol during Ramadan?
During Ramadan, there are plenty of crucial opportunities for Muslims to take part throughout the month, including city-wide community events. From Islamic classes, Iftar events to charity volunteering and giving back, there is plenty to get involved in.
As of yet, there have already been an array of both online and in-person meet-ups. Previous events have taken place such as Easton Jamia Masjid hosting a women-only Welcome Ramadan event on March 28 and Tawfiq Masjid and Centre running a Women’s Bazaar that offers clothes, henna painting, Ramadan dates and more, ahead of Ramadan.
Next up, Coexist Community Kitchen will be running a Sudanese style cookery class in Mivart Studios, featuring chef Negla, who will be teaching the best of Sudanese cuisine on March 30. In addition, Sheikh Hasan Ali will be hosting a ‘Power of Dua’ talk on April 14 , in the Friendship Cafe in Gloucester, which will be a 47 minute drive from Bristol.
This story will contain further updates during the coming weeks, with later announcements to be made on all things Ramadan.