Thursday, 11 June 2015

Summer Solstice in Ramadan

Ramadan starts in barely a week.

This Ramadan, of the 2015 Gregorian year (1436 AH) will be one of the 'longest' in our lifetimes (along with next year's one). The 21st of June is the longest day of the year (the summer solstice), and so we will have some of Ramadan before and some of Ramadan after the 21st of June. This means that, this year, for most of the globe, the iftar timings will increase slightly until the 21st, and then decrease slightly until the end of Ramadan. All in all, it will be the LONGEST Ramadan days overall until the next one in 30 years (since every 30 Gregorian years = 31 hijri years). And for most of us, it will also be the hottest.

But fear not, for Allah has promised to make it easy! In the very verses pertaining to Ramadan, Allah says, 'Allah wants to make things easy for you, and does not want to make things difficult for you' [2: 185]. So this is a promise from Allah that Ramadan WILL be easy, if only we trust in Him and attempt it.

And this is a reality that all of us have experienced. Before Ramadan, we worry about how we will manage to fast the hot summer months, and spend the entire day without drinking and eating. Yet, when Ramadan begins, we find it to be unbelievably (and perhaps miraculously!) easy. We feel as if sustenance is provided to us from sources we cannot see.

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