Ramadan is the Muslim holy month. So, what goes on during Ramadan and what does it mean? Young Muslims from the UK tell us why Ramadan is important to them.

Ramadan in the UK

There are around 1.5 million Muslims in Britain, making Islam the second biggest religion in the country. London alone has Muslims who originate from over 30 different countries. During the month of Ramadan, many Muslims in Britain join Muslims all over the world in observing a month of fasting during daylight hours.

What do people do?

Fasting Muslims do not eat or drink anything between dawn and sunset. They also give up bad habits, and try to be model human beings for the whole month of Ramadan. Many people give money to charity during Ramadan. For many, Ramadan is a chance to have more time to think and reflect. It is also a time of prayer and people coming together, especially to share Iftar, the evening meal just after sunset.

Ramadan is about praying, family time and thinking about and giving to people less fortunate.
Izzy, aged 19

Ramadan is a time for me to reflect and appreciate what I have.
Amz, aged 18

Ramadan is about asking for forgiveness, and all that lovely food your mum makes, lol!!!
16-year-old, anonymous

When is it?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the start date is based on the appearance of the crescent moon. As the Islamic calendar is slightly shorter than the Western calendar, Ramadan comes earlier and earlier every year.

The length of daily fasting also changes. When Ramadan falls in the British summertime, the hours of fasting are quite long because Britain is far north of the equator and has around 16 hours of daylight in summer. In winter, though, daylight hours are much shorter. There are other challenges too.

In the school holidays it’s harder. It’s actually easier when you’ve got school. You’re busy so you don’t think about eating and drinking as much.
Sami, aged 17

Does everyone have to do it?

Children, pregnant women and people who are sick are not expected to fast. Young people normally start fasting when they are teenagers. In special cases, you can make up the days of fasting at a later date. For example, if you are pregnant or on a tiring journey during Ramadan, you can do the fast later, when your circumstances are different.

Ramadan and sport

If Ramadan coincides with a major sporting event, Muslim athletes have to face competing without food and liquids. In the London Olympics there were around 3,000 Muslim athletes. Many of them observed the fast strictly, while others decided to delay the fast until a later date. Mo Farah, who became double Olympic champion, made the difficult decision to make up the days of fasting after the event. For the athletes who were fasting, the Olympic Village dining room was open 24 hours a day and stocked with special Ramadan foods such as dates, Halal beef and Halal chicken.


Do your family celebrate Ramadan? Tell us about it!

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Arivelde's picture
Arivelde 10 June, 2021 - 16:20

In my county the Muslim community isn't very large, so most of people don't know about Ramadan.

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redouaner 26 February, 2017 - 02:04

Ramadan is a holy month , for us because we can erase all the bad deeds that we have done it in the year by fasting ,and pray the night prayer ..
It's realy a big chance for us.

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mavis2002 12 June, 2016 - 10:24

Ramadan moubarak.:) For evry one
I hope have good month near your familly.
have good time with your God in this month.

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Minahil 9 June, 2016 - 22:57

Yes, We do celebrate Ramadan and I am a Muslim. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year and its my favourite because I get to eat yummy traditional food cooked by my mum. Non-muslims think that Ramadan is tough but fasting is actually not that hard here in Pakistan .My younger siblings are always very enthusiastic and want to fast. Ramadan is a month of blessings, worship, charity and peace.

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hadia 11 May, 2017 - 12:17

Yeah. Ramadan in Pakistan, as we enjoy it, is so blissful. And nothing's tough. I love it.

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medlegend 8 June, 2016 - 13:06

ramadan is a sacred mounth because it is the month of mercy, the month of Quran and the month of forgiveness...

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Erlinaa 7 June, 2016 - 04:36

Ramadhan mubarak for everyone, I'm a muslim from Indonesia, all my family here are celebrate ramadhan, i've been waiting for this moment, it's a best time for all muslim people around the world to do more religion services..

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piku99 6 June, 2016 - 18:32

I am Muslim. My family also celebrate Ramadan. Ramadan month is the best month for us. All of adult member in family fasting one month. In my family make special food for Ramadan. The Ramadan time we are eating diner together and we are invite our relaives to diner with us. In the family member doing lots prayer and Reading Quran Ramadan time. We are also festival Eid UL FITUR end of Ramadan.

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cklj 6 April, 2016 - 18:49

We don't celebrate Ramadan in my family, but I have some friends who are Muslim and who celebrate. I personally think that this Ramadan fest is very restrict and very hard. I wouldn't be able to do it and I really admire those people who fest. In my religion we also have several fests, but they are very different.

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Muslimgirl65 4 February, 2016 - 15:33

I proud that i am Muslim.Ramadan is holy month.We all too hapy and healty in Ramadan.Also forbidden to fight in Ramadan.All mother make too delicious meal every evening and we invite our relative to together break one's fast.Ramadan Month has one most important day, this day's name is Kadir Night.Quran started to come to world in this day.And in this day, Allah accept the all prayers.We dont know 'which day is Kadir Night' we only guess it maybe 27. night in Ramadan month.And we make a lot of prayer pretend in Kadir night in the last ten days.All Muslim love Ramadan

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poppymoore 22 June, 2015 - 14:24

Though I m not a Muslim, I was always amazed to the immense faith of all my Muslim friends in Ramadan.
I am so surprised and inspired everytime I see people celebrating this holy month so merrily with their families.I think it is such a wonderful tradition to fast,pray and thank the Almighty.I salute to such a traditon that brings everyone closer to god.

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Mehhrad 21 June, 2015 - 16:45

Of course... anyone who is muslim don't like lose this great month... its greatest month.
in addition somethin u said ... fasting in ramadan is like a exercise to overcome our demands and think about hopeless people much more.

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mss 19 June, 2015 - 08:57

We are waiting since 11 month of Ramadan. When Ramadan comes, we fill a sense of security and peace and intense joy because the month of mercy and forgiveness. Fasting styling human psyche and prevents them from committing sins, and that Ramadan is an opportunity to get used to the human good habits . Praise be to God that we reached Ramadan. God helped us and you mentioned him and the thanks and worship Him properly :)

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sau 8 June, 2015 - 19:42

In my opinion, it's great that such kind of traditions is living nowadays, during this hard times when we forget about culture of our planet's neighbors. I'm not a Muslim, but I like Ramadan's idea!

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hadia 14 April, 2015 - 10:42

Yeah we celebrate Ramadan! it's the holiest month of Islamic calender! we all wait for it and keep fast during the whole month of Ramadan. It creates a peaceful atmosphere every where and keeps everyone away from bad deeds. Surely Muslims come closer and closer to Allah! There comes a night in the Last Ashrah of Ramadan which is one of the odd nights! That's called as Lailatul Qadar! It's the greatest of all the nights and the one who prays during that night gets the reward equal to praying during thousand years' nights! Before Aftaar, my mom , me and my elder sister prepare big feast for Aftaar like juices , shakes, fried chips ,samosas, sauces and Pkudy, dates etc! and then comes the time of Aftaar . At that time, every wish of the person (who fasts) is fulfilled by Allah Almighty! After the end of Ramadan the Muslims are gifted with Eid-ul-Fitr and it's their reward from Allah Almighty as they had fast during the whole month! We enjoy a lot on Eid!
I am Blessed that I am bestowed with this Month which is the spring of good deeds and no doubt I am proud to be a Muslim!

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Saionji 2 June, 2016 - 19:32

Had a. I didn't know you're Muslim .I'm happy , I'm Muslim, too .
Yes, I do celebrate this great month it's my favourite althrough the year .
It's time for spiritual reflect not just fasting . We also try to stop every single bad habits and try to spend our time in what is actually important . I love Ramadan very much .

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hadia 22 June, 2016 - 12:13

Hi Saionji :P
I'm really really sorry for replying too late to your comment!!!
Whoa :))) I'm glad to hear that too.......
You know, it's great to find out Muslim friends....and here, I really feel over-excited to find out that you are a Muslim too :)
Well, Ramadan Mubarak to you dear :)
A great month Indeed....
My exams just came to end a 2 weeks before.....
I have been fasting since.... :P
I'm rather busy with my studies so that's the reason why I ain't able to come here....
I really miss being here.... but now I have scheduled my work so that I can start here again :)
What about you?
I hope you're fasting too??
It's already second Ashrah of Ramadan......Everything seems so blisful and peaceful...
The inner contentment one feels during this Holy month can not be described....
I Love Ramadan too/....
I'm waiting for Laila-tul-Qadr :P
Stay Blessed....
LOve, Hadia :)))

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Tunisian123 18 February, 2015 - 15:46

Yeah...we do !!!
it's one of the most holy monthes of Islam...i'm proud being Muslim always...and Ramadhan makes all Muslims get closer to God !!!!

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sona 10 February, 2015 - 17:38

Yes,my family celebrate Ramdan. It's my favuorite month,because I like helping the poor. Everyone fasts in my family for the whole month. We get up early in the morning to eat food and then we stay the whole day without it. When we are together everything is cool,happy...In this month we try to be more patient and helpful.

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sanaah 9 February, 2015 - 14:03

I am a muslim from India.
I felt happy reading this article because I was anxious to know wheather all those information will be exact things..and it was......
I wont say i used to celebrate ramadan bcoz I dont think its a month 4 celebration. According to me its a holy month devoted to prayers..ask almighty for forgiveness..and do more good deeds.Its not just starving but teaching us that there are lot starving.

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famz97 10 December, 2014 - 12:17

I and My Family also celebrate Ramadan, I like Ramadan and eid fitri ^^. In my Country I just fasting during 14 hours. How to strong They are. I am sorry if I write English is terrible. English is not my first language...

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misscurious 4 July, 2014 - 12:53

Oh men, there are lots of Pakistani and Azerbajan people here!! Are there any Turkish people here??

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misscurious 3 July, 2014 - 18:41

Hi everyone i am new in this page! xD
First, i am so happy to see "Ramadan" word in main page. I am also a Muslim and i am so happy with my religion. I am fasting all the month. It also helps me to lose weight. Ramadan gives me happiness and peace. Thank you God, thank you Ramadan!!!

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