In Saudi Arabia saw the new moon and deferred Ramadan

Five-a-side face-off to help players during Ramadan

Five-a-side face-off to help players during Ramadan

"Therefore the first day of Ramadan is Wednesday, May 16".

Islamic months can be 29 or 30 days based on the appearance of the moon crescent at night. Hence, the Kingdom and other Muslim nations in the Middle East declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday but on Thursday.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk.

5The fast breaks at sundown.

ReutersEid al-Fitr begins when the new moon is spotted, marking the end of the Islamic fast of Ramadan.

But how many hours of daytime fasting does it involve, taking up how many days?

Fasting is seen as a way to become closer to God through a detachment from material pleasures.

Many Muslims will try and recite as much of the Koran as they can during the month.

Ramadan is a challenging period for Muslims, in which their faith and stamina are tested for an entire month.

Some Muslim Americans say their work day seems longer because they have to carry out their religious duties during Ramadan.

Fasting is the religious duty of all Muslims and it means not letting anything pass or even touch the lips.

"Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends, " Pompeo said. Those with medical conditions or women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating are exempt from fasting.

Ramadan is seen as a special event for Muslims, as the community devote their time and focus to prayer, purification and charitable acts.

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

Ramadan is a 30 day period of fasting recognizing the completion of the holy book by the Prophet Muhammad. This time of year, observant Muslims here would have to eat before 3:40 a.m. Exceptions are made for people for health or medical reasons.

Muslims interact in elevated prayer and charity throughout Ramadan.

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.

In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadan fasting 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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