When is Ramadan 2024

When is Ramadan in 2024?

Based on Ramadan 2024 beginning March 11 (at night, with the first fasting day being March 12), we anticipate Eid al-Fitr 2024 to fall on or near April 9.

Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most celebrated days in Islam’s Hijri calendar — its lunar calendar of 12 months. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Hijri calendar’s ninth month, Ramadan, and the first day of its 10th month, Shawwal.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 2024

And if Ramadan does begin March 11, 2024, then that would make the first fasting day March 12. That’s because Ramadan begins at maghrib because the calendar day in Islam begins with sunset. So Muslims would begin their Ramadan 2024 taraweeh prayers after isha salah on the night of March 11, then begin fasting at dawn on March 12.

And if it does begin March 11, 2024, then there are only two possible dates that could be Eid al-Fitr 2024. Put simply: Every month in the Islamic calendar is either 29 or 30 days. Thus, adding 29 days from March 11, 2024, we can determine that Eid al-Fitr 2024 would fall on either April 9 or 10.

Zakat al-Fitr

Before the end of Ramadan and the special Eid al-Fitr prayer, all Muslims should make Zakat al-Fitr, a charitable contribution traditionally of a staple food item. Intended to help those less fortunate to enjoy the celebration of Eid al-Fitr with their friends and loved ones, you can donate Zakat al-Fitr through Greengate Trust, and we will distribute food items to those most in need.

You can donate Zakat al-Fitr any time throughout the month; however, like Zakat, many people choose to make their donation on Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power), which falls in the last 10 days of Ramadan. The Night of Power is a special time in which rewards are multiplied.

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If you have any questions about Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr, Zakat, Zakat al-Fitr, Fidya, Kaffarah or Eid ul-Fitr, please contact us and we will be happy to provide guidance.

The Importance of the Last 10 Days of Ramadan 2023

While the whole month of Ramadan is seen as a time when Muslims can have even years’ worth of sins forgiven and receive increased blessings for their worship, the period which occurs during the last ten days of the month are seen as even more blessed.

Aisha reported: “The Prophet, on him be peace, used to strive more in worship during Ramadan than he strove in any other time of the year; and he would devote himself more in the last ten nights of Ramadan than he strove in earlier part of the month.”

Following the example of the Prophet, on him be peace, Muslims typically devote this time to recite longer portions of the Quran, spend portions of the night at their local mosque, known as i’tikaf, and make dua, or supplications, for whatever their hearts want most.

Within the last ten days of Ramadan also comes the opportunity to observe Laylatul Qadr, or “The Night of Power”, a night described by the Quran as “better than a thousand months”, in which proper observance of worship can earn one forgiveness for a lifetime of sins. This night is typically expected during the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan, though the night can occur during any night in this period.

“We have indeed revealed this in the 'Night of Power'. And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Surah al-Qadr: 1-3)

With the blessings of an already special month being multiplied during this time, it will be important for Muslims to again increase their worship efforts during the last 10 days of Ramadan in 2023.

*Please note that the timing of the last ten days of Ramadan 2023 are subject to change.

What Is Zakat?

Once you have calculated your Zakat, or you already know what your owed amount is, you can choose to make your donation through Greengate Trust. Doing so will support our appeals, helping thousands of innocent lives living in poverty around the world.

Zakat is a charity God obligates Muslims to pay yearly on their money and property. Its payment is made to the poor, vulnerable, and deserving as their divinely established right. The Prophet Muhammad, on him be peace, established Zakat as the third of the five pillars that Islam is built on.

Who Receives Zakat?

Muslims pay Zakat to eight categories of eligible people set by God in the Quran (Surat Al-Tawbah, 9:60):

  • The Poor (in dire need prevented from asking)
  • The Indigent (whose destitution drives them to ask)
  • Those Administering Zakat’s collection and distribution
  • Those whose hearts are to be reconciled
  • Those in bondage (slaves to be freed and captives)
  • The Debt-Ridden
  • In the Cause of God
  • The Wayfarer (stranded, displaced, or cut off from resources while traveling)
What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah is the term used to describe a voluntary act of charity that is wide-reaching, for example a form of monetary charity or an act of kindness that can be performed in any amount, at any time of the year.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasised the benefits of giving Sadaqah in a number of sayings: Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi)

Therefore, any act of kindness or support extended to other beings (including animals) for the sake of Allah (SWT), can be considered a Sadaqah or charity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Muslims past the age of puberty and are of sound mind are eligible to pay Zakat as long as they meet the required Nisab threshold.

In order to be eligible to pay Zakat, your level of excess wealth must remain higher than the Nisab value for a full year. This is when your Zakat payment will be due.

Zakat is due on:

Gold and silver, including ornaments or jewellery containing gold and/or silver.
Cash held at home or in bank accounts.
Stocks and shares owned either directly or through investment funds.
Money lent to others.
Business stock in trade and merchandise.
Agricultural produce.
Livestock animals such as cows, goats and sheep.
Property owned for investment purposes.

Zakat is due a year after your level of personal wealth has reached the Nisab threshold. In order to remain eligible to pay Zakat, your level of excess wealth should remain higher than the Nisab for a full lunar year.

For example, if your level of expendable wealth exceeds the total Nisab value in the month of Ramadan, your payment will not be due until the following Ramadan, so long as your personal wealth remains above the threshold.

If at any time your wealth drops below the level of Nisab, you would cease being eligible to give Zakat. Once your wealth increases to the Nisab level, you would begin counting 12 lunar months from that point onwards.

Zakat can be paid in monthly instalments. To do this, divide the total amount of Zakat owed by 12 and set up a regular payment with Greengate Trust specifying Zakat as the type of donation.

Sponsoring an orphan is also another good way to give your Zakat on a monthly basis.

There are eight categories as outlined in the Qur’an:

The poor, those in debt, the wayfarer, those in the cause of Allah (SWT), the needy, those whose hearts are to be reconciled, to free those in captivity and those who collect and distribute Zakat payments.

If you have not paid Zakat from previous years in which you were eligible to do so, you must pay what you owe as soon as possible.

Missed Zakat would be calculated in the same way you calculate your current Zakat - however, you would use the Nisab value from the missed Zakat year, as opposed to the current Nisab value.

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