US Muslims to Commence Ramadan Fast May 16

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, May 18, 2018 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH.

The "Hilal" which in Arabic is for "crescent" is viewed as the beginning of the holy month. Hence, the Kingdom and other Muslim nations in the Middle East declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday but on Thursday.

5The fast breaks at sundown. This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 15, Tuesday and end on the evening of June 14, Thursday. "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness". The month of Ramadan is a self-exercise in restraint.

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.

"It's something we're used to at breakfast time and it's also great at Ramadan", she said.

Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan in all other Gulf states as well as in many Arab and Muslim countries.

Saudi Arabia said that the Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. With the moon being sighted, fasting for an entire month, between dawn to dusk, would be obligatory for the believing Muslims from tomorrow.

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

Others who may not fast include pregnant or lactating women whose babies may be harmed, women in their menstrual period or having postpartum bleeding and others in situations that require them to be in their best physical condition (i.e. soldiers on guard duty).

"But yet, those differences [have] not changed the nature of Ramadan that's being observed in Iran".

"With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world", the president said in a statement released by the White House.

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during that month.

"Being a minority religion is always challenging, and it's rewarding at the same time", Enchassi said.

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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