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Understanding Ramadan: A Guide to the Holy Month

by faisal khan 10 Mar 2024

What is Ramadan?

The Islamic calendar's ninth month is called Ramadan. For all Muslims, this is a unique month devoted to prayer, fasting, reflection, almsgiving, and fellowship.

Were you aware? Say "Ramadan Kareem" or "Ramadan Mubarak" to wish someone a "generous Ramadan" or a "Happy Ramadan." You can say "Eid Mubarak" on the last day of Ramadan.

When is Ramadan 2024?

Sunday, March 10th, is when Ramadan 2024 starts, and it concludes on Tuesday, April 9th.

Were you aware? A custom that stretches back to the founding of the faith, many Muslims break their fast with dates during Ramadan, providing a pleasant and nourishing beginning to their evening meals.

What are the origins of Ramadan?

The most revered book in Islam, the Quran, depicts Ramadan as a month of instruction for people.

In the second year of the Hijrah in the sixth century, Muslims began to fast. Before this, Muslims believed that fasting was a prerequisite for gaining "taqwa." 

In Islam, the idea of "taqwa" aids Muslims in following God's instructions. It can also imply self-control, love for God, and dread of God. This relates to the notion that fasting aids in Christians' sin atonement and cleansing.

Five interesting facts about Ramadan:

  • Youngsters often don't start fasting until they are 14 years old.
  • You are not required to fast if you are elderly, pregnant, travelling, or ill.
  • One of the "Five Pillars of Islam," or the fundamental principles and customs that every Muslim ought to uphold, is the month of Ramadan. Two other pillars are making pilgrimages to Mecca and praying.
  • "Eid al-Fitr" is the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. This is a day for celebrations with family and neighbours, mouthwatering cuisine, and gift-giving.
  • Many Muslims will pay "Zakat al-Fitr" throughout the month of Ramadan. One of the "Five Pillars" of Islam is this one, which mandates that Muslims give up a modest percentage of their money to worthy organizations. Poor individuals can enjoy "Eid al-Fitr," the conclusion of the fast, thanks to this required payment.

Do you have any resources for Ramadan 2024?

We have a ton of Ramadan teaching resources at Twinkl to help you engage and inform your students about this significant month. Check out the following four of our best resources, then register on our website to get even more instructional content.

  • With our teacher-made Ramadan Vocabulary Cards, your kids may learn more about the holy month of Ramadan than ever before. These vibrant cards provide important phrases related to Ramadan to support your children's writing and conversation throughout this holy month. 
  • Using this educational and entertaining Ramadan Daily Kindness Calendar PowerPoint, introduce your kids to the holy month of Ramadan. With more than thirty slides, our presentation gives you a general overview of the festival and suggestions for daily celebration. Among the suggestions in our PowerPoint to help your children develop and become kinder during Ramadan include remaining composed, exercising patience, and offering compliments to others.
  • One of the most reflective and introspective practices among Muslims is fasting throughout the month of Ramadan. It facilitates the "taqwa," or purification of sins and the growth of God's consciousness. We advise getting this printable Ramadan calendar: Help your older children plan the Iftar meal so they can break their evening fast. This activity incorporates meal choices based on healthy eating.
  • Get Rameena's Ramadan eBook to help you with your lessons and teaching throughout the month of Ramadan! This delightful resource examines Ramadan-related topics and practices. Your children will be captivated and informed about Islam's holiest month by this exquisitely designed and vibrant book.


The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, is a time for community, charity, introspection, fasting, and prayer. It starts on March 10 and runs until April 9, 2024. Muslims wish one another a happy Ramadan by saying "Ramadan Kareem" or "Ramadan Mubarak."



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