Muslim students explain what Ramadan is to them
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:37
Fasting during the months of Ramadan is one of the so-called five pillars of the Islamic faith.
Still, the lack of a moon sighting means that the month of Shabaan will conclude tomorrow.
Because the crescent of the moon always not be visible due to its position in the sky or because of cloudy weather.
This is unprecedented, as a lunar month can only be 29 or 30 days, and according to the Saudi court, today is the 29th of Shaban, the last lunar month before Ramadan.
Muslims have been urged to report sighting of the moon to the Sultan.
Although dependent on a future moon sighting, the last day of Ramadan will probably be June 24, and Eid Al Fitr will be on June 25.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Whatever I want to give to charity during the year, I decide during Ramadan and I start giving, donating money.
In Europe, the European Council of Fatwa and Research have also decided that May 27 will be the start of Ramadan.
"During Ramadan, I receive between 15 to 20 iftar invitations as 90 per cent of my friends are Arab Muslims".
Jihadist groups did not spare the Prophet's Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites where the Prophet Muhammad is buried, during Ramadan 2016. Children are not obliged to fast until they hit puberty, although many choose to observe the fast at least part of the month in preparation for later years.
Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah - pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year - during Ramadan.
"The focus toward spiritual benefit is more in the Middle East. Fasting in America is more challenging", said Abisse, a cardiologist in private practice in Schenectady.
In an apparent break with a almost two-decades long bipartisan tradition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host an event commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to two administration officials familiar with the decision.
Sundown Friday begins the Islamic holy month, Ramadan, a period of daily fasting and prayer for Muslims.
So the day of Eid al-Fitr is not known until a day or so before it is expected to happen.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.
The rules were different before 2002 but still, they based on the moon, some government also seeks astronomical help to for the crescent of the moon.