Ramadan 2018 to begin on Thursday, moon sighted in India

King Salman receives guests offers Ramadan greetings

King Salman receives guests offers Ramadan greetings

It behoves us all to remember those who could benefit from random acts of kindness during the holy month. By the end of Ramadan, many observers have read the entire Quran.

Fasting during Ramadan is mandated among physically and mentally sane Muslims in fulfillment of one of the five pillars of Islam. According to the holy book of Quran, during the month of Ramzan, Muslims are supposed to feed the hungry and donate to charities.

Ramadan is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins.

Fasting, or sawn, loosely translates as "to refrain".

Muslims are not only required to fast during daylight hours, but must also abstain from sexual intercourse between spouses, smoking, swearing, arguments or gossip. If people break their fast during the day, they are required to make up for the lost days after Ramadan.

The beginning of Ramadan is set by both lunar calculation and physical sighting of the new moon, which specifies when the last day of one lunar month ends and another begins. That means the month of dawn-to-dusk fasting will most likely begin Thursday.

Moon sighting expert AleemAbedin Basher explained they were not able to see the first crescent of the moon because of the clouds.

King Salman receives guests offers Ramadan greetings
King Salman receives guests offers Ramadan greetings

"I thank Allah for this food package since I was scared of how to feed my family during this holy month".

"We will be careful, so we won't disrupt the celebration of Ramadan, that's the sensitivity we are referring to", he told reporters.

Fun Fact: The starting date changes every year.

Ahmad Sentamu, the head communications Hear Uganda said, they are going to donate about 1,500 packages of food worth about Shs 100m to the poor in different parts of the country since donation is the best worship during Ramadan.

Does everything close during the day? For Pew Research, not all of those who observe Ramadan care much about praying five times a day and attending a mosque once a week.

Some people are exempt from fasting.

It's important for everyone to dress and behave appropriately during the holy month.

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