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.