Ramadan delayed as new moon not sighted

Ramadan

The reason being that unlike the Gregorian calendar where days of a month are fixed, the Hijri calendar depends on the sighting of the moon.

"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadan Kareem, " Pompeo said.

During the entirety of Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final day, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

The pre-dawn meal earlier than the quick known as the suhur, whereas the meal at sundown that breaks the quick is the iftar.

Those that do not sight it are to complete the thirtieth day of Sha'baan and automatically start Ramadan the next day - in this case on Thursday May 17, 2018. But for high school and college students who also have to study and take exams during this time, the fasting can be particularly challenging - so they're trading tips and moral support on Twitter.

"When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained".

Muslims across Leeds and the world will begin fasting for the annual period of Ramadan tonight.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast", is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

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

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.

Fasting is the religious duty of all Muslims and it means not letting anything pass or even touch the lips.

The month-long observance is a time to fast, to think and to spend time with friends and family.

Other Gulf nations will also observe Ramadan from Thursday.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it is the month in which Prophet Mohammad started receiving revelations from God. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society. The most sacred month out of the year for Islam, a Pillar of Faith, and a time of dawn-to-dusk fasting.

FILE - Abdul Barek Hajji, a Bengali Muslim, reads the Koran while waiting for the Maghrib sunset prayer during Ramadan at the Abu Bakr Mosque in Flushing, New York, May 31, 2017.

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