No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

16 May, 2018, 14:08 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Sunset at Sheikh Zayed Mosque before Ramadan 2018 begins. Victor Besa  The National

"In the event of not receiving any testimonies about sighting of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday evening, Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday", the royal court said in a statement quoting the Supreme Court.

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.

Fasting is compulsory for grownup Muslims, besides those that are affected by an sickness, travelling, are aged, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ailing or menstruating. Official decision by Central Moon Sighting Committee Pakistan, Religious Affairs Ministry Bangaldesh and Central Moon Sighting Committee New Delhi is expected soon after Salate Maghrib Wednesday evening.

During the holy month, Muslims would wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor (sehri). The meal before sunrise is called suhur, while that which breaks the fast after sunset is called iftar.

The holy Ramadan 2018 month for Muslims may begin from May 17 in India. It earns 1,200-times reward when done sincerely on Lailatul Qadr (night of power) that falls in the last week of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a challenging period for Muslims, in which their faith and stamina are tested for an entire month. Many donate their annual charity, known as "zakat", during Ramadan.

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Not only is the Ramadan considered as scared in Islam, it is also believed that the Quran was revealed to the Holy Prophet Mohammed during the month of Ramadan.

Also on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte greeted his Muslim constituents on the advent of Ramadan, expressing hope they would intensify "resolve to achieve spiritual cleansing and growth".

The vacation of Eid al-Fitr marks the top of Ramadan and the start of the following lunar month. "We wish our Muslim friends and supporters a blessed month", concluded Hamad.

"Muslims in the United States and around the world make valuable contributions to their societies every day, and millions will honour this month in a special way with acts of service and giving back to their neighbours".

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

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