AHRC wishes all Muslims blessed Ramadan

Minnie Murray
May 16, 2018

Ramadan marks its beginning in the Ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar when the crescent moon is first seen. Muslims will try to see the moon on 29th Shaban this evening.

It is believed that the practice of abstinence and prayer during Ramadan will bring them closer to Allah. It is also a chance to kick addictions like caffeine and cigarettes.

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.

The Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences previously advised that Ramadan in the UAE looked set to begin on Thursday, May 17.

According to Aletihad, the crescent Moon could not be sighted in several regions in the kingdom, including Sudair and Shukra, meaning Wednesday will be the 30th day of Shaaban and the first day of Ramadan will fall on Thursday.

"In the event of not receiving any testimonies about sighting of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday evening, Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday", the royal court said in a statement quoting the Supreme Court. Many donate their annual charity, known as "zakat", during Ramadan.

During this period the Muslims observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. Those observing refrain from food or drink from sun-up to sundown, with exceptions for age or health conditions, and break the day's fast with the iftar meal.

Ramadan is also a time of feasting with family and friends.

The common greetings during the month are "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem", wishing the recipient a "blessed" and generous Ramadan. This year Ramadan will begin on 16th May in Saudi Arabia and 17th May in Oman and is expected to end on 2nd or 3rd Week of June.

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