Holy Month Of Ramadan Begins Today

Islamic Centre of England hosts gathering of Shia Muslim scholars, preachers

Muslims in these countries like their fellows elsewhere will look for the crescent moon this evening which will determine the beginning of Ramadan month.

Bad weather and dust made observation hard, according to the TV channel.

The length of Islamic lunar calendar months, the ninth of which is Ramadan, varies between 29 and 30 days.

The holy period is expected to run until into mid-June.

Muslim nations like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia declared Ramadan would not begin Wednesday based on a moon-sighting methodology.

Ramadan begins a day earlier in other parts of the world, depending on when a new moon is seen.

From why the month of Ramadan moves to how it is celebrated, here is your guide to the holy month.

"In this blessed month, let's take the opportunity to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties by performing activities together such as having the pre-dawn and break fast meals, as well as the night prayers as a family", he said.

The holiday commemorate the revelation of the sacred scripture of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Mass prisoner pardons have become a common practice by rulers in the Gulf Cooperation Council at the start of the holy month, which is meant to be a time of generosity and charitable giving. They are required to fast until the end of Ramadan in anticipation of Eid Al-Fitr, which is also a day that is marked by charity and giving back to those who are less fortunate.

The common greetings during the month is "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem", wishing the recipient a "blessed" and generous Ramadan.

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