The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday, May 17, it was announced today. To answer the common queries about this pious period here's looking at the most common questions. With the moon being sighted, fasting for an entire month, between dawn to dusk, would be obligatory for the believing Muslims from tomorrow.
There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.
Fasting, along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the "five pillars" of Islam. Ramadan is also the time to maintain self-discipline. The fasting begins at the fajr call to prayer, just before sunrise, and is broken at sundown.
"And we're realizing that that is an incredible time for us to be in prayer because, it's not so much us going in there, chasing after Muslims, it's Muslims reaching out to us saying, 'Can you tell me about Jesus?'"
"Because of the moon cycles, you don't know exactly what day it's going to fall."The beginning of Ramadan 2018 depends on moon sighting.
Iftaar time is for water, dates and well-balanced meals - It is traditional for Muslims to break their fast with a date, which has scientific benefits.
"But yet, those differences [have] not changed the nature of Ramadan that's being observed in Iran".
Muslims pray the "dhuhr" or noon prayer at the Golden Mosque in Globo de Oro in Quiapo, Manila, yesterday. According to her, most people purchase beans to make "akara" (bean cake) and "moi-moi" (another local delicacy) for the fasting period. Often, restaurants shutter their doors during the day.
The tithe must be paid during the month of Ramadan. "Ramadan will be boring for us again but we want to spend it in our city", Ismael, a student evacuee told Manila Bulletin. In Pakistan, live game shows give away gifts promoting their sponsors.
How do Muslims mark the end of Ramadan? It also organizes nightly prayers during Ramadan.
Ramadan begins Tuesday evening, a Muslim season celebrating the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad.
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He said the Red Crescent would especially focus on Africa this Ramadan, adding that the charity would also set up an iftar (fast-breaking) tent in Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during the month.