The 2012 London Olympics will run from July 27 to August 12 with at least 3,000 Muslim athletes participating. The problem is, Ramadan will take place from July 21 to August 20, throwing a political wrench into the games.
Because the Muslim calendar is based on a lunar cycle, the ninth month of Ramadan – which runs from the appearance of one new crescent moon to the next – gets earlier by around 11 days each year.
The clash will be a huge embarrassment for Lord Coe, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, and London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who have been keen to ensure the Games involve all Britain's ethnic communities.
Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said: "They would not have organised this at Christmas. It is equally stupid to organise it at Ramadan. (DailyMail.co.uk)
London has a few years before the London Olympics to make any necessary date changes.