Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

10 basic rules for fasting during Ramadan

10 basic rules for fasting during Ramadan

On the 29th day of the preceding month, Shaaban, Muslim scholars observe the new crescent in the sky after the sun sets.

Earlier in the evening, the department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

Saudi Arabia and other large Muslim nations, including Indonesia, declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday based on a customary moon-sighting methodology.

Muslims will pray at allotted times throughout the day, fast after sunrise and before sunset and families may come together for celebratory dinners referred to as Suhoor and Iftar. Muslim communities often have communal night prayers and fasting breaks.

Ramadan 2018 will begin on Thursday, it has been announced. How many hours is Ramadan?

It is meant to bring Muslims closer to God and teach them about patience, spirituality, and humility.

"The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong)".

Muslim's will fast throughout the month, practising one of the five key pillars of the Islamic faith.

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

Astronomers in Kuwait and Sharjah have also indicated May 17 will be the likely start date for the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan began on the evening of Tuesday, May 15 and central to observing this holy month is Sawm - fasting during daylight hours. "May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member.

There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it is the month in which Prophet Mohammad started receiving revelations from God. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadan fasting would be more hard for Muslim constituents to observe, but their sacrifices are bound to earn more Divine rewards, according to Islamic scholars.

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