>Ramadan Muslim Holy Month starts on Wednesday 11 August. It will be the first full day of Ramadan, according to a fatwa from the Caucasus Muslims Department. Since a holiday begins at sunset on the previous day, observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan after sunset of 10 August.
Ramadan will continue for 30 days until Thursday 9 September or Friday the 10th, depending on the visibility of the new moon.
Ramadan begins a day later in North America this year, Thursday 12 August, again because of the visibility of the new moon.
Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Fasting during this month is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins.
The Prophet Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell would be closed and the devils chained up.
Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night during Ramadan in which the Koran was first revealed to the Prophet. The Koran says that this night is better than a thousand months (97:3), and that on this night the angels descend to earth. This is a time that Muslims spend in study and prayer. It is not known exactly when the Night of Power falls, but it is thought to be in the last 10 days of the month. Because of this, many Muslims will treat the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan as a particularly good time for prayer and reading the Koran.
The first day of the next month is spent in celebrations and is observed as the Festival of Breaking Fast or Eid ul-Fitr.
The times given below are prayer times for Baku during the month of Ramadan. The dates in red are those when the Lailat al Qadr, or Night of Power, is marked.
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