Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

US Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fast May 16

US Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fast May 16

The Islamic holy month of Ramazan will begin on Thursday in Canada, USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Other Gulf nations will also observe Ramadan from Thursday.

Ramadan is a holy month for the world's almost 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramada crescent in the evening before fasting begins.

The announcement was made by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Abdul Azim Al Afifi on the council's official Facebook page.

RAMADAN is noticed by Muslims world wide as a month of fasting to commemorate "the most effective of occasions".

Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed was given a series of revelations in the ninth month of the year from God, marking the beginning of the Koran. "There has been no moon sighting in Canada or even North America". There are a total of around 470 hours of actual fasting (almost 20 full days) in daylight hours during Ramadan 2018.

Noting that Ramadan reminds of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life, Trump said Americans are blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice.

Ramadan is also recognised as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, alongside faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca.

Ramadan is a moving celebration, as the Islamic community works on a lunar calendar, giving a different month of Ramadan each year.

However, some read the entire Quran (holy book), say special prayers and attend mosque more frequently during this time. Muslims keep a day-long fast which begins before the crack of dawn and ends after the sunset.

After the prayer, they visit friends and relatives, give gifts especially to children, and make phone calls to distant relatives to exchange greetings of "Eid Mubarak" or "Blessed Eid".

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