Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations


Though the Quran harps on the need to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, it also has room for some exceptions.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

Fasting, or the abstinence from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, develops a quality called taqwa, or the awareness that Allah is always watching. Things like taking small breaks from revision or work and going on small walks, writing daily to-do lists or listing what you're finding hard and working on combatting these, and planning meals to make sure you're eating the rights things to get good energy levels can all have a bit impact.

If the Ramadan moon is sighted today, the Namaz-e-Taraweeh would begin from tomorrow. There are a total of around 470 hours of actual fasting (almost 20 full days) in daylight hours during Ramadan 2018.

"The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong)".

Fasting from dawn until sunset in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is aimed to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

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The month-long observance is a time to fast, to think and to spend time with friends and family.

Imam Imad Enchassi, founder, lead imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), said some are exempt from the daily fast, including those who are ill, the elderly and young, travelers and those pregnant or breastfeeding. North African countries and those in the Middle East will also begin the fast on Thursday.

"With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world", the president said in a statement released by the White House.

The "night time of energy" or "night time of decree" is taken into account the holiest night time of the 12 months, as Muslims consider the primary revelation of the Koran was despatched all the way down to Muhammad on this night time.

As an adult, he doesn't miss an opportunity to share his faith with others, and Ramadan is an important period of reflection and growth each year. 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.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques.