Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Ramzan 2018: Islamic holy month - Things you need to know

Ramzan 2018: Islamic holy month - Things you need to know

"The first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan falls on Thursday corresponding to May 17, 2018", the Royal Court said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.

"Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends, " Pompeo said.

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.

In India, the Muslim brethren are likely to observe Ramadan from Friday.

May Allah be with all Muslims in Ghana and across the world in this fasting and prayerful month.

The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, Al Arabiya reported.

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Fasting is one of Islam's five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to fasting - abstaining from consuming and consuming throughout daytime - Muslims are inspired to learn your complete Koran all through the month, earlier than the holy pageant of Eid al-Fitr.

The vacation of Eid al-Fitr marks the top of Ramadan and the start of the following lunar month.

Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar.

Muslims typically break their fast as the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, by eating sweet dates and drinking water, followed by a sunset prayer.

Determining the first day of Ramadan always creates confusion among Muslims immigrants living in foreign countries, especially in Europe and the United States.

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