Ramadan 2017

The Holy Month is less than a week away!

The exact day that Ramadan will start is always up in the air, as it depends on exact moon sightings. That said, we now have a pretty good idea of when it will be: Saturday May 27 is slated to be the first day of the Holy Month.

How do we know this? Well, Saudi paper Al Madina has quoted Sheikh Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Manie as saying so – and he is one of the country’s leading Islamic scholars, and so is likely to be right.

So yes, remember that this is still just a prediction, but it’s a very well educated one.

Ramadan usually starts on the same date in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, however it often starts in Oman a day later. But again, we don’t know for sure what will happen this year.

He told Al Madina that Ramadan will last 29 days, with the fasting month ending on Saturday June 24, and Eid Al-Fitr (the holiday that celebrates the breaking of the fast) beginning on Sunday June 25.

The dates he’s giving are based on astronomical calculations. He also said that the month of Haj will begin on August 23, and will last 29 days. This will mean Arafat Day will fall on Thursday August 31, and Eid Al Adha on Friday September 1. Eid Al Adha honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (which is why goats are symbolically sacrificed over this period).

Previously we reported that Ramadan was slated to begin on Thursday May 25, but this was the date stated late last year, so Al Manie’s prediction is likely to be more accurate.

Remember, during Ramadan, UAE labour law stipulates that all workers are entitled to work two hours less each day (and yet still be compensated for a standard day, which according to labour law is eight hours). However, non-Muslims working in DIFC are not entitled to the extra two hours off due to the area following its own labour laws.

Text thanks to What’s On Dubai