Holy Month Of Ramadan Begins Today

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Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the 30-day fast.

Bad weather and dust made observation hard, according to the TV channel.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it is the month in which Prophet Mohammad started receiving revelations from God.

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Dr Ahmad Al Ahdal, senior preacher at Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, explained the process of Moon-sighting in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV.

During this period, practicing Muslims are barred from eating between sunrise and sunset.

Ramadan 2018 will begin in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, it has been announced. If the moon is sighted by Tuesday, Ramadan will officially begin by Wednesday, May 16.

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In Nigeria for instance, the leader of the Muslims the Sultan of Sokoto Sheikh Sa'ad Abubakar has tasked the faithful to look out for the new moon.

From why the month of Ramadan moves to how it is celebrated, here is your guide to the holy month. After sunset the fast is broken with an evening meal called 'Iftar', often starting with few sips of water and handful of candies or dates. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year. Otherwise the holy month will begin on Thursday, May 17.

How do you wish someone happy Ramadan?

The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

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Note that on the last day of Ramadan, which is Eid al-fitr, the greeting changes to "Eid Mubarak".

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