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Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says

16 May 2018, 01:31 | Erica Roy

Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says

Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says

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

During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to pray and fast from dusk to dawn.

The holy period is expected to run until into mid-June. The reason being that unlike the Gregorian calendar where days of a month are fixed, the Hijri calendar depends on the sighting of the moon.

Ahead of Ramadan, a moon sighting committee has been established by the UAE's Minister of Justice, and it is the committee that will announce the beginning of Ramadan.

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


The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan Wednesday. This fast is called Roza.

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

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.

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 also encouraged to engage in more charity work while they fast to bring them closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate.

Note that on the last day of Ramadan, which is Eid al-fitr, the greeting changes to "Eid Mubarak".



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