Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

Ramadan varies wildly for men and women- and that’s something Muslim women want to talk about

Ramadan varies wildly for men and women- and that’s something Muslim women now want to talk about Credit SHAHZAIB AKBER

Muslims around the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and a sex from dawn to dusk.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how Saudi Arabia had announced that the Ramadan should commence on Thursday.

The holy month is concluded with celebrations of Eid-A-Fitr in the first day of the next month where people celebrate the festival lavishly by wearing new clothes and offer Namaz. Muslims will begin fasting Thursday at 3:30 AM and break their fast at 9:29 PM. For instance, similar shares of Muslim men and women (77% vs. 82%) say they fast, and there is little difference between Muslims who were born in the U.S. and immigrants (79% vs. 80%). In the United States, Ramadan begins on the evening of May 15 and is scheduled to end a month later on the evening of June 14.

"As we welcome the holy month of Ramadan, it is such a special month for the Muslims as it is also the month in which the Qur'an was revealed as a guidance for the entire mankind".

This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere. Among Muslims who say religion is "somewhat important", two-thirds (65%) say they fast.

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"Ramadhan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends". A similar statement was released by United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Ramadan Moon Sighting Committees that the holy month of Ramazan would start from tomorrow.

For the majority of Islam the month of fasting, spiritual renewal, and self-reflection is a reminder of the plight of the poor.

Ramadan. This is done at mosques and can last two/three hours every night.

A Muslim man photograph people outside East London Mosque, Whitechapel Road, as they celebrate the end of Ramadan, also known as Eid al-Fitr.

Fasting is considered obligatory in Islam, although there are exceptions for children, the elderly, the sick, those travelling and women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating.

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