Ramadan delayed as new moon not sighted

Ramadan delayed as new moon not sighted

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan involving daily prayers and fasting begins today.

Noting that Ramadan reminds of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life, Trump said Americans are blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice.

The day that marks the end of Ramadan is known as Eid Al-Fitr and it will occur on June 15 in 2018, which is a big celebration in which there is no more fasting until the next Ramadan.

He said that there are some Islamic countries that prefer to use telescopes to sight the Moon while other countries will only call Ramadan if the new Moon is spotted with the naked eye.

More news: China: Windshield of aircraft shatters, co-pilot gets 'sucked halfway' out of window

The length of Islamic lunar calendar months, the ninth of which is Ramadan, varies between 29 and 30 days.

Across the Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, are also depending on the moon sighting.

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. Those observing refrain from food or drink from sun-up to sundown, with exceptions for age or health conditions, and break the day's fast with the iftar meal. It is observed by Muslim communities worldwide as the month of fasting that commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.

The date is also recognised as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, alongside faith, prayer, charity, and making a pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca.

Related Articles

  • 5-year-old hospitalized after bear attack outside Colorado home

    5-year-old hospitalized after bear attack outside Colorado home

    The child's mother told CPW that she heard screaming at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (May 13) and went out to investigate. Federal and state wildlife officers are using traps in an effort to capture the bear that is now considered risky .
    Jon Jones tells Chuck Liddell to 'Come get it'

    Jon Jones tells Chuck Liddell to 'Come get it'

    Liddell is hoping that the relationship with De la Hoya blossoms into his own promoter role, but for now, it's just as a fighter. However, The Iceman was targeting the biggest names of today and claimed he wants Jon Jones after two warm-up fights.
    Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

    Reported STD Cases Reach New High in California, Health Officials Find

    The report noted 30 stillbirths stemming from cases of syphilis , the highest number in more than 20 years. Common among young people aged 15-24, gonorrhea can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat.
  • Top 10 players in the Premier League this season

    The Belgian striker struck 15 times last season but managed only three league goals in 2017-18, falling well below his xG of 10.2. Most points ever with 100, most goals ever with 106, most wins ever with 32, largest winning margin and goal differential ever.
    Joe Hart not in England's World Cup squad for Russian Federation  2018

    Joe Hart not in England's World Cup squad for Russian Federation 2018

    Everton's Jordan Pickford remains the favourite to be England's No.1 in Russian Federation . "He's always performed well for us". But the 75-cap man has been left out in the cold, with Burnley rookie Nick Pope getting the nod as England's No.3 shot-stopper.
    Petra Kvitova outlasts Kiki Bertens to clinch 3rd Madrid Open title

    Petra Kvitova outlasts Kiki Bertens to clinch 3rd Madrid Open title

    The World No. 20 Bertens was contesting her first ever Premier Mandatory final, but hardly showed any nerves. Bertens' appearance in the final meant she will rise to a career-high 15th in the rankings.
  • Twitter banishes 'trolls' to the shadows

    Twitter banishes 'trolls' to the shadows

    However, if they don't violate Twitter rules, they will still be visible if people click on "show more replies", the company said. Any of their interactions will be invisible to users unless they press the "show more replies" button under a tweet.
    Severe weather, tornado causing damage in Ark City

    Severe weather, tornado causing damage in Ark City

    Tonight , there is a 20 percent chance of showers and storms before 10 p.m., with a low of 63, according to the weather service. As we reach the start of the work week, there's a chance of showers throughout the week, with temperatures in the upper 70s.
    Conte's future in doubt as Chelsea face top-four woe

    Conte's future in doubt as Chelsea face top-four woe

    The public adore me, I love my teammates, my family are good here. 'I have a contract and the club know very well the situation. The form of the two teams couldn't be any more different with Chelsea winning four of their last five games, drawing once.
  • 'Accidentally damaged' €60million Picasso painting withdrawn from auction today

    'Accidentally damaged' €60million Picasso painting withdrawn from auction today

    Billionaire art collector Steve Wynn seemingly can't catch a break when it comes to Pablo Picasso . The painting is titled " Le Marin ". "No further information is available at this time".
    Mikel Arteta favourite to become Arsenal manager

    Mikel Arteta favourite to become Arsenal manager

    Other names being considered include Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, Monaco's Leonardo Jardim and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri .
    WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

    WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

    It will be interesting to see how this new change affects the flow of discussion in larger groups. That information can now be found by searching for participants on the group info page.