Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Start Of Ramadan Is Expected To Be Announced This Tuesday

The Start Of Ramadan Is Expected To Be Announced This Tuesday

The sultanate's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said last Monday that the holy month would fall on Thursday, May 17 due to concerns the moon would not be visible nationwide on Tuesday evening next week.

The exact start date will only be confirmed when the moon is spotted - this year it is expected to be between May 15 and May 16.

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

Fasting in month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam and obligatory upon every Muslim as enshrined in the Holy Quran (Al-Baqarah 2:183-185).

Astronomers in Kuwait and Sharjah have also indicated May 17 will be the likely start date for the month of Ramadan.

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Though in some countries a lack of moon-sighting has bumped the start of Ramadan to Thursday, the USA and Europe begin observing the month at sundown tonight.

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar.

US President Donald Trump today greeted Muslims observing Ramadan and said the holy month is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving.

Eid al-Fitr is then celebrated for two or three days, marked with prayer and is observed as a holiday in many Islamic countries.

After the prayer, they visit friends and relatives, give gifts especially to children, and make phone calls to distant relatives to exchange greetings of "Eid Mubarak" or "Blessed Eid".

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