Ramadan to start on Thursday, religious leaders say

Ramadan to start on Thursday, religious leaders say

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain's moon sighting authorities have announced that Ramadan will begin on Thursday May, 17.

Ramadan concludes at sunset on June 15, at Eid ul-Fitr, the Feast of the Fast-Breaking. To answer the common queries about this pious period here's looking at the most common questions.

"The Prophet said, the people will remain upon goodness as long as they hasten to break their fast".

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. Many Muslims, like Ali, agree that what brings a person into the community during this month is not something to be ashamed of or something to shame people for.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

"A total of $1 million in humanitarian aid will be delivered during the month of Ramadan via our TIKA office in Ramallah", Cavusoglu said. It's seen as a way to physically and spiritually detoxify by kicking impulses like morning coffee, smoking and midday snacking.

Since the early 1990s, USA presidents have given Ramadan greetings to the more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.

Muslim scholars say it's not enough to just avoid food and drinks during the day.

Along with abstaining from consuming and consuming, Muslims additionally improve restraint, akin to abstaining from sexual relations.

In honor of the holiday, which sees Muslims fast from sunset to sunrise with no food, water, sex or impure thoughts, we have compiled six images.

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As much as your body wants to gulp down two glasses of lemonade with tablespoons of sugar (I've been there), dates have been traditionally eaten to break the fast because they serve as a good source of natural sugar, fiber, energy, and essential minerals, and the importance of water and hydration requires no further introduction; according to the Hadith, or the written collection of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet encouraged breaking the fast with dates and water due to their nutritional value.

Students and academics at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have come up with a guide featuring tips to support the wellbeing of those who fast and to help them retain as much energy as possible throughout the day. It includes an array of different fruits, fries and other delicacies which are shared among the members of the family.

Twelve-year old Grade 8 student Shayaan Hashmi said he eagerly waits for the blessed month every year.

Across the Arab world, juices made from apricots are a staple at Ramadan iftars.

To overcome those barriers, ISGOC and CAIR are hosting several events during Ramadan to give non-Muslims an opportunity to meet and interact with Muslims, and to better understand their faith and customs.

Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups - including people who are unwell or have a long-term condition; people with learning difficulties; people who are travelling; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating.

The Sultan also urged them to pray for the nation and maximise the benefits and blessings of the holy month. Although we were all set and excited for Ramadan but the announcement of exams during this month for our kids has dampened our spirits a bit.

The quick is from daybreak to sundown, with a pre-dawn meal often called suhur and sundown meal known as iftar. It is generally believed to take place on an odd-numbered night in the last ten days of the period (that being the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th).

In an exclusive video to Al-Ahram Arabic news portal, the Grand Mufti congratulated Muslims worldwide ahead of the commencement of the holy month. In Ramadan, Allah is close to us because we are also close to Him.

How do Muslims mark the end of Ramadan?

"And we're realizing that that is an wonderful 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?'"

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