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What is Ramadan?

The dates of Ramadan in 2024 are from 10 March to 9 April.

Muslims abstain from consuming any food or drinks from dawn to sunset on each individual day, over this period. The times of the fast for each day are between approximately 3:30am-4.30am  and 6pm-8pm each day. For a full list of times please consult Leeds Grand Mosque 2024 prayer timetable .

In practice, this means that Muslims fast each day over this month for approximately 16 hours per day.

During this time, many Muslims try to follow a normal work/study routine as far as possible, but generally have responsibilities for devotion to extra prayers and readings to their otherwise daily religious commitments.

Students and staff will take personal responsibility for managing their commitment to Ramadan. Some staff members will try to arrange annual leave to accommodate these extra activities.  Students can request alternative exam arrangements by completing a student assessments notification of religious commitments form.

The Purpose and Significance of the observance of Ramadan

  • To attain nearness and closeness to their God through devotion and commitment to fasting and prayers.
  • To commemorate the holy text called the Quran, by devoting more time to reading and reciting it.
  • To appreciate the experience of those who are less fortunate than themselves.
  • To give particular emphasis to charity and generosity – this is especially encouraged during this month.
  • Ramadan is also a time for significant community and family spirit and providing support. Many individuals and families will pray and eat together and support each other in many ways throughout this period. At the end of Ramadan, all Muslims observe the festival of Eid ul Fitr (approx. 9 April) a day of celebration with families and communities.

Additional Information

Access additional articles and information about Ramadan on the University of Leeds Medium site:
Questions about Ramadan
Terms you may hear during Ramadan and Eid