Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

The sultanate's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said last Sunday that the holy month would fall on Thursday, May 17 due to concerns the moon would not be visible nationwide on Tuesday evening the next week. During this time, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a form of spiritual cleansing, self-discipline and empathy for the less fortunate.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk. This Ramadan comes amidst true humanitarian tragedies that those several Muslim countries with wars, divide and conflict violating the spirit of the message of peace, gatherers, unity, love and coexistence.

Even though many Turks don't fast for Ramazan, they are sensitive to those who are fasting around them. "The council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast", Shehu said. Observers are allowed to eat a pre-dawn meal, including power foods like dates, yogurt and fava beans, to get them through the day, according to USA Today.

Muslims continue with work and school during Ramadan, though they are encouraged to inform their employer or teacher of the fact.

He said that there are some Islamic countries that prefer to use telescopes to sight the Moon while other countries will only call Ramadan if the new Moon is spotted with the naked eye.

Ramazan 2018: Holy month of fasting starts in Gulf and far East countries from May 17

President Weah continued, "As you observe this Holy Month of Ramadan, it is my hope that Allah will answer your prayers, honor your sacrifices and grant your heart's desires".

Fasting is compulsory for grownup Muslims, besides those that are affected by an sickness, travelling, are aged, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ailing or menstruating.

Many Muslims will try and recite as much of the Koran as they can during the month. It is the most holy month in the calendar for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

Meanwhile, special preparations are also on in the Muslim world for Salate Taraveeh - the special night prayers offered in the month of Ramadan besides daily prayers five times in a day.

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