US Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fast May 16

US Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fast May 16

Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins.

Ramadan is a moving celebration, as the Islamic community works on a lunar calendar, giving a different month of Ramadan each year. If the moon is sighted today, most of the Western Europe will begin fasting from tomorrow.

Muslims fast from early in the morning, throughout the day until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, sex and all "sinful behaviour". However, many Muslims visit mosques on the last ten nights to read the Quran, pray and stay away from worldly affairs, an activity of seclusion known as itikaf. In 2017, for example, some 124 extremist attacks across 24 countries took place during Ramadan. She went on to explain her belief that exams that "change the course of your life [are] a valid reason not to fast" and "Ramadan involves personal sacrifice but I don't think the opportunity of getting into college/uni should be one of them".

Iftaar time is for water, dates and well-balanced meals - It is traditional for Muslims to break their fast with a date, which has scientific benefits.

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Those who want be kind to someone fasting in Ramadan may say or greet with "Ramadan Mubarak" ("Hayırlı Ramazanlar" in Turkish), meaning "Have a blessed Ramadan".

"We as a generation are much more aware of our health and wellbeing now so it is a good time to make people aware of what is and isn't good to eat during Ramadan", Dr Huda Al-Kateb said. Where the new moon (that of Ramadan) is sighted on the 29th of Sha'baan (May 15), Muslims are expected to commence fasting the next day.

Mumbai: The ninth month in the Islamic calendar is considered holy. However, a massive section of believing Muslims in Europe keep a watch on the moon sighting updates from the Middle East.

As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is accompanied with increased spiritual reflection, worship and acts of charity. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer. Others who are also permitted to sit out of the fasting are the elderly, people travelling, pregnant and breastfeeding women, diabetic patients as well as females menstruating.

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