Ramadan 2017

When does Ramadan 2017 start?

Ramadan 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday, May 26
and ends in the evening of Saturday, June 24.

Muslims will be fasting on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Ramadan 2017 is expected to last for 30 days this year. Ramadan lasts for either 29 or 30 days.
Dates may vary.


Blue Mosque Turkey – The region is famous with the events and entertainments at Ramadan nights.

What does Ramadan mean?

Ramadan is also called as “Ramazan, Ramadhan or Ramathan”.

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic Calendar. Muslims fast through the month of Ramadan. Fasting is also called as “sawm“. Fasting is one of five pillars of Islam.

What are the 5 pillars of Islam?

5 pillars of Islam are:

  1. Shada: Faith
  2. Salat: Prayer
  3. Zakar: Charity
  4. Sawm: Fasting
  5. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

When does a day start according to Muslim Calendar?

New day begins with the sunset according to Muslim Calendar. There is daylight when the day begins and ends.


The Month of Mercy and Blessing
The Propher Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
When the month of Ramadan arrives, the door of mercy are opened.
(Sahih Muslim: 2496)

Why does Ramadan start different day every year?

Although month of Ramadan is same according to lunar calendar (Islamic calendar), the date on the Gregorian calendar changes. Because Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. Ramadan moves ahead approximately 10 days every year. It is also commented as “Ramadan travels through the days and seasons“. If someone fasts in Ramadan more than 36 years in his/her life, she/he would be fasted at all the days of the year(according to the solar calendar).


Can you see the crescent? Then it’s Ramadan 2017!

How do we know when Ramadan 2017 starts?

The dates we provided here are based on Fiqh Council of North America. These dates are determined according to astronomical calculations. According to one opinion the moon must be visible by naked eyes. Both opinions are still debated.

Some countries start Ramadan 1 day before or after.


You can also observe moon from your roof or the following site: http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml

You can check the moon phase from NASA’s website too: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4537


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