Six questions on Ramadan answered

Previously we reported that Ramadan was slated to begin on Thursday May 25. "Muslims may choose to stay awake all night praying, eat suhoor, and then rest (given prayer may end at 1 am, and suhoor time may be at 3 for example)", said Mohammed.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month.

Trump has since toned down his rhetoric and courts have halted his temporary travel ban on people from six mostly Muslim countries. "We want this month to be rewarding and festive because New York City is your home". Besides the norm of Muslims fasting, you get Muslims who don't fast, and non-Muslims who fast. Ramadan, the month of fasting, is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. If you cannot fast, but wanted to, they could donate one meal per day per person, so if they are sick and they cannot fast they can donate $15 for one meal for one person.

The annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five Pillars of Islam, (one of five deeds which mold a Muslim's life). It includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.

A typical day during Ramadan is families, relatives and friends getting together to break their fast at sunset, with the call to Mahgrib prayer or the sound of the shooting canon, which is a local tradition.

"There is no need to add to the hardship and difficulties in the land with unnecessary disagreements and strifes, " he said.

At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic. However, it is always a 30-day-long tradition.

"The favourable exchange rates have, without doubt, encouraged visitors' United Kingdom purchasing behaviour, as well as the market's honest appreciation for British luxury goods accompanied by a high level of service".

As Ramadan falls during this academic year, MSA would like to reach out to the K campus to provide information about this season. The event would serve to "highlight State Department initiatives and the importance of Muslim engagement", the memo said.

"O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint", says the Quran, Islam's holy book.

Dr. Saddam Abisse spoke to the Times Union about the observance of Ramadan Wednesday May 24, in Schenectady, N.Y.

Fasting is an obligation for every healthy adult Muslim. However, fasting is not expected to be practised by menstruating or pregnant women, children, the sick and the elderly. Across the Muslim world, mosques and aid organisations set up tents and tables for the public to eat free "iftar" meals every night of Ramadan.

On the Eid celebration, which is to be held on June 26, it is required that all wealthy Muslims aid the less fortunate.

  • Carolyn Briggs