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Happy Ramdan: Know date and timings for ‘Soohur’ and ‘iftar’ in India

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: With the sighting of crescent moon, the beginning of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan is being celebrated throughout the India. As the new moon was not sighted on April 12, indicating that Muslims in India will observe the first Roza (fast) on April 14.

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As the holy month of Ramadan has once again coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, this year too Muslims around the world will shift community prayers and social gatherings to virtual platforms just like the previous year.

Due to the restriction, Islamic organisations across the world have urged the fast observers to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour – such as avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks and maintaining social distance during prayers — and pray for the well-being of everyone.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar commemorates Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation of the Quran. On the culmination of the the holy month, usually after 29-30 days, Muslims celebrate ‘Eid-al-Fitr’, the festival of breaking the month-long fast. The ‘Night of Decree’ or ‘The Night of Power’ is also marked in the month of Ramadan.

Observing fasts or roza throughout Ramadan, which is governed by the idea of practicing self-restraint, is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the testimony of faith, prayer, charity, and making a pilgrimage to holy place, Mecca.

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During roza, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink during the day, having started it with a pre-dawn meal called ‘sehri’ or ‘suhoor’. They break their fast with ‘iftaar’ in the evening, preferentially with ‘dates’ or ‘khajoor’. The fast helps believers seek forgiveness, increase self-discipline and purify their hearts.

As Muslims follow a lunar or moon based calendar, the date of the beginning of Ramadan shifts backward by approximately 11 days every year. This leads to Ramadan sometimes also falling in winters, when it’s much easier to fast as the days are shorter and cold.

Here are the timings for this year’s ‘Sehri’ and ‘Iftaar’ in Delhi:

April 14: 04:35 am and 06:47 pm

April 15: 04:34 am and 06:48 pm

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April 16: 04:32 am and 06:48 pm

April 17: 04:31 am and 06:49 pm

April 18: 04:30 am and 06:49 pm

April 19: 04:29 am and 06:50 pm

April 20: 04:27 am and 06:50 pm

April 21: 04:26 am and 06:51 pm

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April 22: 04:25 am and 06:52 pm

April 23: 04:24 am and 06:52 pm

April 24: 04:23 am and 06:53 pm

April 25: 04:22 am and 06:53 pm

April 26: 04:20 am and 06:54 pm

April 27: 04:19 am and 06:55 pm

April 28: 04:18 am and 06:55 pm

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April 29: 04:17 am and 06:56 pm

April 30: 04:16 am and 06:56 pm

May 01: 04:15 am and 06:57 pm

May 02: 04:14 am and 06:58 pm

May 03: 04:13 am and 06:58 pm

May 04: 04:12 am and 06:59 pm

May 05: 04:11 am and 06:59 pm

May 06: :10 am and 07:00 pm

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May 07: 04:09 am and 07:01 pm

May 08: 04:08 am and 07:01 pm

May 09: 04:07 am and 07:02 pm

May 10: 04:06 am and 07:02 pm

May 11: 04:05 am and 07:03 pm

May 12: 04:04 am and 07:04 pm

May 13: 04:03 am and 07:04 pm

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