UAE announces first day of Ramadan 2018

Iman Wissam Abdul Baki addresses those attending the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts interfaith event and dinner during Ramadan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan Wednesday.

They also advise cutting back on caffeinated drinks, drinking plenty of plain water and eating unrefined carbohydrates and proteins, during non-fasting hours, to maintain energy levels.

How do Muslims break their fast?

This year the holy month of Ramadan will commence on May 16, Wednesday evening and will end on June 14, Thursday with Eid. "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness".

Based on the *lunar cycle, it's a period of time in the Muslim life when the spiritual journey is heightened, and people are hungry for more than just food; they are hungry for God. So they said that Ramadan will start from 17th of May.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said. Muslims focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity during this month which will fall on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Holy Month is expected to start on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Some people are exempt from fasting: children until the age of puberty, pregnant women, travellers, the elderly and people that are chronically ill. Other than fasting they also engage in charitable activities. The most sacred month out of the year for Islam, a Pillar of Faith, and a time of dawn-to-dusk fasting. "Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government", Trump said in a statement.

Also, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority also announced that the holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday.

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, right after the month of Shaban, which is believed to be the time when the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open.

7 The fast ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated with gifts to charity and to one another, visits and parties.

Taraweeh is the special prayer held post Isha'a namaz on every night of Ramadan, when the entire Quran is narrated in divided portions over the next 27 days.

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