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16 May 2018, 12:45 | Erica Roy
Ramadan 2018 At sunset families gather to break the fast with a meal known as Iftar
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.
Across the Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, are also depending on the moon sighting. Fasting requires Muslims to avoid eating, drinking and sexual activity during daylight hours.
In Malaysia, Muslims will begin observing the month of Ramadan from Thursday, May 17, 2018, according to government-owned media.
Before we get into more details about the holy month, here are a few iftar (meal to break the fast) events happening around the borough.
He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed.
Muslims continue with work and school during Ramadan, though they are encouraged to inform their employer or teacher of the fact.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is accompanied with increased spiritual reflection, worship and acts of charity.
Though in some countries a lack of moon-sighting has bumped the start of Ramadan to Thursday, the US and Europe begin observing the month at sundown tonight.
The Ramadanfast, in which food and even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Some people are exempt from fasting: children until the age of puberty, pregnant women, travellers, the elderly and people that are chronically ill. South Korea, Japan and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it is the month in which Prophet Mohammad started receiving revelations from God.
The biggest challenge, she says, is staying hydrated.
FILE - Abdul Barek Hajji, a Bengali Muslim, reads the Koran while waiting for the Maghrib sunset prayer during Ramadan at the Abu Bakr Mosque in Flushing, New York, May 31, 2017.
Ramadan is also a time of feasting with family and friends.
Ramadan, the most holy month in Islamic culture, starts the evening of Tuesday, May 1, and ends on June 14.
In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadanfasting would be more hard for Muslim constituents to observe, but their sacrifices are bound to earn more Divine rewards, according to Islamic scholars.
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