Muslims around the world to welcome Ramadan on Thursday


"People much higher up the totem pole than me get to decide which day it is, but it's based on the moon sighting and the chances of seeing the moon". A month starts in the Islamic calendar only after sighting of moon.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) also confirmed that the Ramadan moon was not sighted anywhere in Australia.

A big part of Ramadan is fasting.

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.

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Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and though staying away from food and water is the main element, Muslims also have to abstain from drinking, sexual activity, and cursing. Muslims focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity during this month which will fall on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

Others who may not fast include pregnant or lactating women whose babies may be harmed, women in their menstrual period or having postpartum bleeding and others in situations that require them to be in their best physical condition (i.e. soldiers on guard duty).

The Holy Month is expected to start on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu in a statement yesterday quoted the Sultan as felicitating with Muslims on the occasion of this year's Ramadan fasting and prayed that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximize the benefits and blessings of the Holy Month.

7 The fast ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated with gifts to charity and to one another, visits and parties. Muslims will try to see the moon on 29th Shaban this evening.

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He also highlighted that there are many health benefits to fasting in Ramadan, as it allows for toxins in the body to be replaced.

Ramadan begins Tuesday evening, a Muslim season celebrating the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

"But yet, those differences [have] not changed the nature of Ramadan that's being observed in Iran".

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