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The month of Ramadan is considered the holiest and most sacred month of the Islamic Hijri (lunar) calendar. Muslims firmly believe that it was during this exalted month that the archangel Gabriel descended from the heavens and revealed the Message to the Prophet Muhammad.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to God by way of fasting; that is to say, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and also husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun.

As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, calendar and guide to spending Ramadan 2022 in Qatar.    

Ramadan in Qatar 2022 dates and calendar

It is announced that Ramadan 2022 in Qatar will fall on Saturday, 2 April 2022 and will last until 2 May 2022, followed by the Islamic festivities of Eid al Fitr.  

However, tradition mandates that the exact date of the holy month’s beginning must be determined by a moon-sighting committee consisting of religious scholars, astronomers, and other authorities under the cover of night. The committee is responsible for observing certain sightings related to the appearance and cycle of the new crescent moon which heralds the start of Ramadan. 

In Qatar, the Moon Sighting Committee in the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) declares the start and end of the holy month. 

Umrah from Qatar during Ramadan

If you are thinking of performing Umrah during Ramadan, you can check our article about the latest update of Umrah 2022 below. 

Umrah 2022 Guide For Pilgrims From Qatar

Ramadan prayer timetable 2022 in Qatar

Please note that the prayer timetable could be subject to change due to the sun’s position. You can check this article regularly to know about the latest prayer timetable for Qatar.

Sehri and Iftar time in Qatar

Sehri is also known as Imsak, and it marks the end of the time when you can eat and drink to prepare for the fast. Iftar is the time when you can break your fast, and it happens at the same time as Maghrib prayer time.

You may also use this website to know the Sehri and Iftar timings according to the different cities in Qatar.

Ramadan in Qatar

Generally, Qataris are still keen to revive the age-old Ramadan traditions and customs they have inherited from their ancestors. This is embodied and manifested in various practices, but none more so than in the keenness to prepare local traditional foods. 

Ramadan cannon

The launching of the Ramadan cannon is one of Qatar’s  most beautiful traditions. Cannons were traditionally used to mark the end of suhoor and the breaking of the fast long before loudspeakers and other digital devices became commonplace. Because the cannon was not adequately introduced before then, it is believed that this lovely custom began during the Ottoman Empire. 

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These days, they no longer needed the Ramadan cannon to notify them about the time. That is why they only does the launching of Ramadan cannon in order to preserve their tradition. 

Where to see Ramadan cannons in Qatar?

The Ramadan cannons can be seen at four places including Souq Waqif, Katara, Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Grand Mosque and Souq Al Wakrah.

Ghabga

Ramadan is also affectionately known and referred to as the month of Ghabga; the month of the midnight feast. The purpose of Ghabga is to gather family and friends so that the midnight feast may be enjoyed in a spirit of togetherness.The youth may have their gathering here, as do the men and women; all uniting in intimacy and love under one roof as they reminisce shared memories and enjoy each other’s company. 

While each family has its own favorites, several dishes are a must-have for every Ramadan table in Qatar, having graced iftar tables for decades, including Al Luqaima (fried dough covered in sugar syrup, usually flavoured with rose or orange blossom water),  Harees (made from pounded meat with wheat, olive oil, and cinnamon), and Al Thareed (crispy flatbread layered with soup made with either lamb, chicken, or just vegetables). 

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Al-Luqaima

The children also celebrate Garangao, an exclusively Gulf festival that is particularly prominent in Qatar, on the 14th day of Ramadan. It began as a means to celebrate children who were attempting to fast in the middle of Ramadan. Families assemble at a Ghabga to distribute Garangao – mixed bundles of nuts, sweets, sugared kernels, and other candies – to children in the area, who sing the “Gara,” a traditional song, all night long. Gara is a Khaliji (Gulf) word that refers to the sound of two things striking together, such as nuts and sweets in bags or knocking on doors.

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Garangao Treats

The prevalent customs in Qatar also include exchanging Ramadan foods between neighbors, which are characterized by the richness of their traditional dishes, and customs that are also present in other Arab countries. 

During the blessed month of Ramadan, nationals and residents of Qatar rush to give alms to the poor and needy in order to attain the favor of their Lord. Thus thousands of needy congregate around what the Qataris call Ma’edat Al Rahman, meaning the tables of mercy.

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Countless charity organizations along with affluent members of the community prepare these tables so that the poor may break their fast by having dates, milk and other ready meals. Makeshift praying spaces are usually set up near the tables so that Muslims may immediately perform their sunset prayer following the Iftar and the special Ramadan prayer, Taraweeh.

Some rules to observe

Like in practically all Muslim countries, work and school hours are cut short during Ramadan. Hotels remain open as do restaurants within their grounds. All other restaurants are mostly closed during the day with some closed for dine-in only.

As there are plenty of options to have your meal or drink during the day, please do so in private or within the above establishments. Public display of eating and/or smoking is highly frowned upon and should be avoided. Most offices and workplaces also have separate areas for those wishing to dine and wine during work hours.

Women must also take care to dress modestly and conservatively. Shoulders, necklines and knees are expected to be hidden from view during Ramadan.

Latest COVID-19 rules and restrictions for Ramadan 2022

Official announcements on health and safety protocols for Ramadan 2022 have yet to be made. However, last year’s Ramadan saw the authorities banning dine-in options at all restaurants and cafes, the closure of barbers and beauty salons, and while mosques remain open for daily and Friday prayers, the nightly Ramadan taraweeh prayers were not allowed to take place.

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