Ramadan 2012

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Ramadan 2013

July ?? – August ?? (USA / North America, South America, Europe, Western Asia, Africa)

July ?? – August ?? (Asia, Middle East, Eastern Africa, Australia and New Zealand) 

 * More details below God willing

O you who believe, fasting is decreed for you, as it was decreed for those before you, that you may attain salvation. (2:183)

Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein.... (2:185)

The new moon timings to determine the month of Ramadan are as follows:

July 19, 2012: 4:24 am (UTC/GMT)
August 17, 2012: 3:54 pm (UTC/GMT)

20 July 2012 - 17 August 2012: Therefore, God willing the first day of Ramadan is July 20, and the last day of Ramadan is August 17 for most of USA, Canada and Mexico. Hawaii, parts of Alaska and north west Canada have the beginning for the month of Ramadan a day earlier (July 19th).

These Ramadan dates God willing are also for: South America, Europe, WesterN Asia (e.g., Syria, Turkey), Africa (e.g., Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa)

20 July 2012 - 18 August 2012: The first day of Ramadan is July 20, and the last day of Ramadan is August 18, for most of Asia (including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore), Middle-East (e.g., Iran, UAE), Eastern Africa (e.g., Kenya), Australia and New Zealand.

The Night of Destiny (Night of Power) will be, God willing, on August 14, 2012 for those places that start fasting on July 20, and August 13, 2012 for those locations that start Ramadan on July 19.

Please check your local sunset times to verify these dates. For example, the last day of fasting is, God willing, August 29 for some countries in west Europe and west Africa even though they may start fasting on July 31, 2011. Hawaii and a few areas on the north-west US and Canada, end on August 28th.

If you have any questions for calculating the start and end days of Ramadan, please refer to September 2009 issue of the Submitters Perspective, and check the Ramadan Calculation Assistant.


More details on Ramadan including information about why the calculation is done as above (i.e., the beginning of the day is at sunset) is available in an article on Ramadan. Other Ramadan articles are linked at the top of this page.

Phases of the moon data (including the new moon) for the current year and beyond and up are available at the US Naval Observatory. All times are in UT. To convert to your time zone you can use the Time Zone Converter.

* For your specific location you can visit theUSNO Sun/Moon daily data page. Calculate the information for the date you are interested. Compare the time of sunset with the time for the new moon (in local time).

Be sure to read the following articles:

1 The Night of Destiny
2 Ramadan - Thanksgiving to God
3 Misunderstandings about Ramadan
4 Details of Ramadan in the Quran [2:183 - 2:187]