This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4.
However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted.
During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month – they begin fasting at the call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown. Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset. This fasting is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslim smokers to stop smoking for good due to not being able to use any kind of tobacco during day light hours. It can also be a good time to make changes to and improve the balance of your diet which can be sustained in the long term.
There are a number of resources available to help you have a healthy Ramadan:
And if you want to make plans to maintain a healthy diet and to get active when Ramadan is finished or give up smoking permanently we can help.
Contact our service for support and advice by calling 0800 376 56 55 or use the self referral form here