Holy month of Ramadan begins for millions of Muslims

May 16, 2018, 13:51
Holy month of Ramadan begins for millions of Muslims

Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins. "Thinking about Muslim students who chose to fast during the upcoming exam period as well as those who don't and may have to put up with a lot of grief for their decision", Twitter user Sarah Ager wrote.

The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

Before the daily fast, Muslims have a pre-dawn meal called suhoor and also come together at dusk to break the fast with the meal called iftar. Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government. In 2017, for example, some 124 extremist attacks across 24 countries took place during Ramadan.

Fasting is one of the five fundamental tenets of Islam, which is compulsory for all Muslims except infants, the insane and the invalid.

This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar.

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

The president, however, prayed that Allah will renew Muslims' strength and instill peace in their hearts, and bless the work of their hands during Ramadan.

Charity, also known as Zakat, is one of the pillars of Islam that promotes the sharing of wealth with the poor.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast", is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Femi Odusanya, spokesperson of Mile 12 Market Perishable Food Traders Association, said it was imperative to train farmers to adopt modern technology in crop production, and empower them with funds.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

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