Nigerian Muslims, others start Ramadan Thursday

Nigerian Muslims, others start Ramadan Thursday

Ramadan is considered one of the holiest month on the Islamic calender, and begins for some people Today Wed May 16 2018 or this Thursday, depending on if we spot the moon tonight.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are expected to pray and fast from dusk to dawn.

Tuesday marked the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim observance that spans the length of approximately one month.

The goal of the fast is to bring the faithful devotees closer to God and to remind them of the sufferings of those who are less fortunate. "Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Holy Quran", he continued. Travelers, sick persons, and menstruating women are permitted to skip fasting, provided that they fast later on for a period equivalent to the number of missed obligatory days. A new month in the Islamic lunar calendar begins with a sighting of the moon on 29th of the prevailing month. Religious authorities in Egypt and Syria both declared the fast would begin Thursday. The kingdom's announcement was made on Saudi state TV and by other state-run media.

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Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

"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". At night, many fill mosques for evening prayers, known as "taraweeh". Following sunset prayers, Muslims will celebrate with friends and family with a nightly feast called iftar.

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan.

"So as the Muslim community embarks upon this spiritual journey, we too should take this opportunity to reflect on ourselves in our spiritual upliftment in our daily lives". In some countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, people seen not adhering to the food fast can be fined or jailed.

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