Ramadan 2014 Calendar, Schedule: When is Start Date, End Date for Muslim Fasting Month?

Ramadan in 2014 is set to start soon in just a couple days.

The Muslim holiday will begin on Saturday, June 28 and run through the evening of Monday, July 28, according to the Fiqh Council of North America.

The dates are based on astronomical calculation, using Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.

The end of Ramadan is also known as the 1st of Shawwal.

Many Muslims fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan, which is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving, and self-accountability for Muslims.

It is said that the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the last third of Ramadan, making that portion an especially holy period.

Some Muslims work to read the entire Qur’an during the holiday, while most conduct acts of charity such as donating to the homeless or others in need.

The month of Ramadan begins with a new moon, which marks the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.

The Sehr times will start at 4:17 a.m. on June 28 and slowly move up a minute every couple days, according to Ramadan 2014. The Iftar times will start at 7:26 

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