Islamic holy month of Ramadan to start from tomorrow confirms Saudi Arabia

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

The timings of Ramadan change every year depending on the sighting of the new moon.

"Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday 16th May, 2018 equivalent to 29th Sha'aban 1439 AH".

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk.

The pre-dawn meal earlier than the quick known as the suhur, whereas the meal at sundown that breaks the quick is the iftar.

In March, Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences said Ramadan would likely fall on May 17 with Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the month, expected on June 15.

Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah - a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year - during Ramadan. In Scotland, they claim, the moon would be visible only on May 17.

The faithful in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and others prayed the holy month's first taraweeh, a special nightly prayer and one of the hallmarks of Ramadan, on Wednesday.

Muslims around the world are observing the holy month Ramadan, which includes fasting from sunrise to sunset.

There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Shaker said he believes the presidential greetings have helped Americans know more about Ramadan and Muslim Americans.

According to the holy book of Muslims, The Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan. A night prayer, often lasting up to an hour or longer, follows the break in fasting.

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society.

He said Ramadan is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides.

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