Getting your Ramadan timetable will help you plan better this season. Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslim friends in Ghana. Muslims from all corners of Africa and the circumference of the planet recognize and fully respect the month of Ramadan. Ramadan comes just after the last day of shabaal (the 8th month of Islamic calendar). It is the 9th month and is exceptionally set aside for praying and fasting. All Muslims from all corners of Ghana and the world at large abstain from eating, drinking, any form of abusive language and sex.
Ramadan is one of most respected names of Allah Ta’aalaa. It is believed that Allah ta’aalaa burns all human sins with strong fire, forgives and forgets. It’s from this fact where Ramadan meaning “the intense heat” may have been derived. Intense heat according to Ramadan is also meant to manifest the high temperatures in the stomach during fasting. This article will narrow down to look at history of Ramadan and Ramadan timetable in 2018.
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History of Ramadan
The 9th lunar month of the Islamic calendar marks a holy month with religious significant to all Muslims of the world. The avoidance of eating and drinking is to reserve the whole time of the day for praying. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islamic religion. Fasting begins very early in the morning even before the stars escape due to light of the day. Ramadan is guided by the lunar cycles and the beginning of the 9th cycle marks the beginning of the holy Ramadan month. The primary activity on this holy month is praying, reciting Quran surah, showing sympathy to the less fortunate members of the society and so on.
The origin of Ramadan is traced way back in 600 EC at the city of Mecca. According to most Islamic texts, Ramadan is associated with Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad was born about 570 EC at Mecca City in Saudi Arabia. His parents past on when he was still very young but he eventually grew up in Mecca from the support of relatives. He got married to Khadija when he was 25. All through his age, he felt dissatisfaction in his life in Mecca, some spiritual fulfillment was missing in his soul. He would frequently move to spent most of his time in solitude. He did this by going to the cave of Mt. AL-Hira to meditate his burning life questions. He had religious emotion since he was younger, this might have been the cause of his dissatisfaction.
One day during the 9th cycle of the lunar, Muhammad while in a cave at Mt. Al-Hila, had a vision that angel Gabriel came visited him. He commanded Muhammad to read a scripture, which he had but he refused. Muhammad refused to read it two consecutive times but the angel Gabriel final said unto him, “Proclaim in thy Allah, God of cherisher who created man out of blood clot congealed blood, proclaim thy lord is the most bountiful, who taught by the pen, taught man that which he never knew.”
Angel Gabriel then disclosed to Muhammad that he was a messenger from God. Prophet Muhammad was strongly afraid of this and he ran away from the cave. As he descended the mountain, he saw the angel on the sky moving above him. When he reached home, he narrated all what has happened to his wife Khadija, and some prominent wise men in Mecca. All what he was advised was that he was a chosen person of God. Immediately after receive this strange revelation from Gabriel, all the important surah and scripts of Quran were sent to the world. This marked the beginning of Ramadan and the Islamic religion in general. Today, Islamic religion has over 1 billion follows all across the world and is ranked as the second largest religion in world after Christianity.
Time table of Ramadan 2018
Many Muslims have always asked when is Ramadan 2018? Its final here with us. Ramadan is not a celebration festival as what most people would confuse. It’s a spiritual time set aside for prayers. It’s obligation to take suhoor before commencing a fasting day. Allah blesses suhoor and so the day of Ramadan. Ramadan start immediately after taking suhoor early in the morning. The time to take sunoor or start fasting varies significantly from country to country due to geographical location. In Ghana alone, Muslims do not begin fasting at the same time. The different major towns in Ghana has different timetables when fasting is scheduled to start and various prayers of the day eventual the time to take iftar. Important messages of saum makbul, Ramadan Kareem are usual common over the Ramadan period.
As what has always been the case, a day of Ramadan has five main prayers. The time for these prayers from different areas determines the timetable for Ramadan. In 2018, Ramadan started on 17th May at 5:07am West African time. These Salah include the following:
This is the initial Salah of the day. In Accra, it is usual done between 5:05am- 5:15 depending on the day. This is however very different from other towns and cities of Ghana. Each town has its own time when they are supposed to take this prayer. It is done after taking suhoor and marks the beginning of saumu. It’s an important Salah especial during Ramadan.
This is the second important prayer of the day. It is done between 12:25-12:35 depending on the day and cities Ghana. This prayer is characterized by khutba (sermons) from prominent Islamic leaders. Muslims during this prayer session share different scripts, encouragement words e.t.c.
Important Salah which is taken between 3:45-3:50 pm depending the date and city of Ghana. During Ramadan, this prayer is also characterized by Khutba, and script reciting. Most Muslims would prefer staying at the mosque after this prayer to wait for Maghrib.
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Maghreb and iftaar
This is the most important prayer during the month of Ramadan. It is usual done just before the iftaar (breaking meal) between 6:30-6:34 in most cities of Ghana. Allah blesses this breaking prayer more than he does to other prayers. After the Maghrib prayers, Muslims break their fast by taking dates, water, juices, fruits and many other soft foods. Main dishes are often taken just before isha prayers. In Ghana, Muslims prefer taking boiled beef, roast chicken, strews, rice and many more foods. They invite friends, family members and neighbors to share their dinner.
This Salah is done immediately having dinner. In most cities of Ghana, It is done between 7:45 to 8:00. It’s the final prayer of the day. It is considered as one of tarawih (night prayers) Salah and therefore very important to Muslims. It’s a mandatory prayer especial during the month of Ramadan. These five major prayer determine Ramadan timetable and calendar of Ghana and other countries of the world. 2018 Ramadan timetable in Ghana has shown no difference. Followers from different major cities can access the timetable from prominent websites like kfoods.com. It gives exclusively accurate times when fasting should start and when it should stop. Some of the important cities in Ghana which have different timetables include: Abetifi, Aburi, Accra, Achimota, Akuse, Ashanti, Cape coast, Akosombo, Kenyase, legon among others.
Below is a screen shot of timetable for all the activities over the Ramadan 2018 in Accra Ghana, including Ramadan dates.
You can access Ramadan dates and timetable for other major towns in Ghana by visiting official Islamic Websites in Ghana.
Important prayers on the 27th day of Ramadan
The night of the 27 th day of Ramadan is a special holy night which meant for prayers and scripts of the holy Quran. The program of this date is usual different for each year depending on calendar of Ramadan. In 2018, the program for the 27th day will be as follows;
- Suhoor will be taken at 2:59am. It compulsory and has Allah has blessed he who takes Suhooh.
- Fajr jamat (prayer assemble) will be conducted at 3:30am
- Dhuhr Salah will be done at exactly 1:10 West Africa time
- Asr will be done at 5:35
- Iftar will be taken at 9:35
Finally, Isha Jamat (prayer assemble) will be conducted at 11:00pm. All Muslims are expected to undertake Tarawih (night prayers) over the entire period of Ramadan since it’s a very important prayer. People who might fail to fast during Ramadan may include: the aged, sick people and kids.
This marks the first day of the 10th months of Islamic calendar (swawwa) and also the end of Ramadan. During this day, Muslims are not supposed to fast rather eat and drink with family and friends. A lot of khutba are usually given at mosques from prominent Islamic leaders. Muslims are also encouraged to give zakat (charity things) in form of food, clothing or even money. They spend most of the day listening to hadith and reciting scripts from the holy Quran. In 2018, Ramadan ends on 15 June therefore Eid-al-fitr is expected to on 16th June.