Fasting timings are determined by dawn and sunset, and hence vary from day to day in the United Kingdom as Ramadan advances.
The holy month of Ramadan is approaching, and Muslims all across the world are prepared to fast in honour of the event.
Fasting hours are based on dawn and sunset, and hence shift from day to day as Ramadan advances, making it a difficult procedure at the best of circumstances.
This indicates that the fasting time this year will become longer with each passing day, with the days steadily growing longer as summer approaches.
Throughout the holy month, here are the important dates and a guide to fasting hours for believers in the United Kingdom.
When will Ramadan 2022 Begin?
Ramadan, like other Muslim festivals, is based on the lunar calendar, which means its date shifts significantly in the more generally used Gregorian calendar.
"The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the moon, popularly known as the lunar cycle," explains Muslim Aid. As a result, in the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan occurs around 10 days earlier each year."
The observation of the crescent moon, which usually occurs one night after the new moon, kicks off the month.
Ramadan is set to begin on Saturday, April 2nd, though it may start a day later if the moon isn't visible.
It lasts between 29 and 30 days, until the next crescent moon appears, signalling the conclusion of the holy month and the beginning of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.
When Are The Iftar and Suhoor?
- Fajr: observed before sunrise
- Zuhr: observed after noon
- Asr: observed in late afternoon
- Maghrib: observed after sunset
- Isha: observed at night
Every day throughout Ramadan, Muslims have the Sahoor, a pre-fast meal that begins before sunrise and ends with the Fajr, the first prayer of the day.
The Iftar meal, which follows the Maghrib, the fourth prayer of the day, breaks the fast at sundown.
Because the days become longer as the holy month progresses, the fasting period becomes increasingly difficult as worshippers approach the end of the holy month and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
While the fast will be nearly two hours longer at the conclusion of this year's Ramadan than it was on the first day, it will fall nearly two weeks earlier than last year's holiday, resulting in shorter days.
Timetable for Ramadan in the United Kingdom in 2022
Both the Central London Mosque and the East London Mosque have created Ramadan timetables that provide worshippers in the capital with all of the information they need to properly observe the fast.
For the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, these are the essential times for Fajr and Maghrib — when the fast begins and ends – in London.
The start and end dates are determined by the sighting of the moon, which indicates when Ramadan begins, which is scheduled to be Monday, April 12 this year, while the timings apply to London:
- Sat 2 April: 4.59am, 7.38pm
- Sun 3 April: 4.57am, 7.40pm
- Mon 4 April: 4.55am, 7.42pm
- Tue 5 April: 4.52am, 7.44pm
- Wed 6 April: 4.50am, 7.45pm
- Thu 7 April: 4.48am, 7.47pm
- Fri 8 April: 4.46am, 7.49pm
- Sat 9 April: 4.43am, 7.50pm
- Sun 10 April: 4.41am, 7.52pm
- Mon 11 April: 4.39am, 7.54pm
- Tue 12 April: 4.37am, 7.55pm
- Wed 13 April: 4.35am, 7.57pm
- Thu 14 April: 4.32am, 7.59pm
- Fri 15 April: 4.30am, 8.00pm
- Sat 16 April: 4.28am, 8.02pm
- Sun 17 April: 4.26am, 8.04pm
- Mon 18 April: 4.23am, 8.05pm
- Tue 19 April: 4.21am, 8.07pm
- Wed 20 April: 4.19am, 8.09pm
- Thu 21 April: 4.16am, 8.10pm
- Fri 22 April: 4.14am, 8.12pm
- Sat 23 April: 4.11am, 8.14pm
- Sun 24 April: 4.08am, 8.15pm
- Mon 25 April: 4.06am, 8.17pm
- Tue 26 April: 4.04am, 8.19pm
- Wed 27 April: 4.01am, 8.20pm
- Thu 28 April: 4.00am, 8.22pm
- Fri 29 April: 3.58am, 8.24pm
- Sat 30 April: 3.55am, 8.25pm
- Sun 1 May: 3.52am, 8.27pm
- UK variations relative to London (Time Fast Begins, Time Fast Ends)
- Birmingham: (8 minutes later, 6 minutes later)
- Bradford: (9 minutes later, 8 minutes later)
- Cardiff: (13 minutes later, 12 minutes later)
- Glasgow: (22 minutes later, 40 minutes later)
- Leeds: (7 minutes later, 4 minutes later)
- Liverpool: (12 minutes later, 9 minutes later)
- Manchester: (10 minutes later, 7 minutes later)
- Middlesbrough: (8 minutes later, 14 minutes later)