As the holiest month of the year, it is a crucial period for practising Muslims and underpins some of the religion's core values, such as prayer and giving to charity. Hence, the Kingdom and other Muslim nations in the Middle East declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday but on Thursday.
For most Muslims, the guidelines for observing Ramadan state no food nor drink can pass the lips after daybreak and before nightfall. However, since one of the eight steps of ablution includes the rinsing of the mouth, and accidentally swallowing the water during this step would break your fast.
If the new moon is sighted today then the Holy month of fasting Ramdan will begin in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh on Thursday May 17, 2018. Longest fasting takes place In Iceland's capital Reykjavik with 19 hours and 43 minutes, followed by Finland's capital Helsinki with 18 hours and 47 minutes, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen with more than 18 hours.
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Ramadan is a Month where Muslims practice increased Self-discipline whiles they fast and.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain's moon sighting authorities have announced that Ramadan will begin on Thursday May, 17.
"During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer".
"The council enjoined Muslims all over the country to expect the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast soon". Children, pregnant women, elderly and unwell people and girls who are menstruating are allowed not to fast. "Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government", Trump said in a statement. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society.More news: Indicted Russian Firm Accuses US Of Inventing 'Make-Believe Crime'
The end of Ramadan is celebrated by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.
"We as a generation are much more aware of our health and wellbeing now so it is a good time to make people aware of what is and isn't good to eat during Ramadan", Dr Huda Al-Kateb 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.More news: Gwyneth Paltrow showed a rare photo of decheri