No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

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No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

The holy month will see numerous world's 1.6 billion Muslims commit to a strict daytime fast, often taking the opportunity to make promises to improve their lives.

The United States has felicitated Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan as the holy month begins.

"It puts you in a different mindset", Fehmi said of the fast. So don't be alarmed when you see a swarm of people walking out at around 11:30 pm.

Ustaz Ismail Busayr talks about the importance of fasting during Ramadan. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

5The fast breaks at sundown. Needless to say, it is a highly anticipated event, and preparations for it begin from the afternoon itself. "Oklahomans, in general, are people of faith. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the unsafe threat it poses, our country can not be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life", he said.

Ramadan is also a time of feasting with family and friends.

The news of the date of the Start of the Ramadan came today after a national Muslim council meeting. That's what you feel the most.

Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

As Saudi Arabia announced that Thursday would be the first day of Ramadan, it is expected that many Muslims living in the United States will start fasting on Thursday. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

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For instance, those who live in Oslo, Norway will be fasting 19 hours, while Muslims in Jerusalem, occupied Palestine will fast for roughly 15 hours and those living south of the equator such as in Buenos Aires, Argentina will fast for just 12 hours. Like prayer, it can be a personal experience.

"We consider this the best time of the year".

"Staying with low amounts of cardio is better", she said.

"Each person may experience it differently", Fehmi said.

It requires Muslims to intensify patience and mercy, more especially in these harried times.

For Fehmi, it helps him feel fortunate for what he has and to feel empathy for those struggling. "Put an emphasis on strength training, pilates, yoga, things like that that you can do when you are maintaining your muscle mass".

"There's a satisfaction - accomplishment - knowing you were able to complete another Ramadan", Fehmi said.

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