Crescent moon sighted - Ramadan to begin from May 6

Ramadan starts Monday

President Peter Mutharika and the First Lady have said they are wishing all Muslims a peaceful fasting and unity in this holy Month of Ramadan - a period marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and good deeds.

Here are some questions and answers about Islam's holiest month and how it's observed.

Ramadan is considered to be one of the most sacred months according to the Islamic calendar and is the ninth month of the 12-month cycle. For those fasting, that means around 15 hours without food, water, cigarettes or any caffeine.

Ramadan or Ramzan is practiced by all Muslims irrespective of where they live. Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims except for pregnant ladies, breastfeeding mothers, chronically ill, diabetic and menstruating ones.

During Ramadan there is an increased offering of the salat, with Muslims giving thanks to Allah and reflecting on their lives.

The calculation found that Ramadan can not start on the "next day", concluding that the first day of Ramadan will be on May 6. Often, restaurants shutter their doors during the day. In Saudi Arabia, restaurants simply close during the day.

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Muslims pray at Salam Mosque in Quezon City, May 16 2018. Its start is calculated based on the sightings of the new moon, which marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 to 30 days.

Increasingly common are Ramadan tents in five-star hotels that offer lavish and pricey meals throughout the evening.

Moroccan astronomers said in April that the country will likely celebrate the first day of Ramadan on Tuesday.

Here's a look at the vibrant pictures of Ramadan being celebrated around the world.

Scholars have also been disturbed by the proliferation of evening television shows during Ramadan. He said Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

This year, Ramadan ends on June 4, 2019. Families typically spend the day at parks, eating in the sunshine for the first time in a month.

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