Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

Sighting the crescent to determine when the holy month of Ramadan begins is not the only moonsighting which concerns Muslims.

US President Donald Trump who called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" wished Muslims a happy Ramadan on Tuesday in the wake of the "blessed month" starting this week.

"On the night of Al-Qadr, people pray the whole night asking God for rewards and forgiveness of their sins", Ndirangwa said.

Because the celebration will begin late, this will mean Eid Al-Fitr will most likely begin on Friday, June 15 to mark the breaking of the fast.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar urged for Muslims to practice spiritual reflection as the season of Ramadan begins. Since this year's Ramadan begins before the summer solstice, the fasting period will get longer as the month goes on.

Because of the lack of marketplaces in war-torn villages of Marawi, the ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team on Tuesday delivered truckloads of food and other basic commodities enough for four weeks to hundreds of Muslim Maranaos resettled at the Sarimanok Tent Zone.

They also offer more prayers, contribute more money to the poor and regularly study the Quran.

The food packages they donate include 10kgs of maize flour, 5kgs of rice, 2 litres of cooking oil, 2kgs of wheat flour, 10kgs of sugar and salt.

"May this Ramadan period bring unity amongst us, build harmonious relationships with one another", Mr Zaura said.

The colourful lanterns have been strung from eaves, the cupboards filled with dates and the preparations for the first iftar of the holy month, from thirst-quenching jallab to Gulf specialities like thareed, harees and molokhiya, are already underway.

"And we would love for more people to be praying for more of these kinds of encounters with Jesus". People who suffer from any illness, or those who are travelling, elderly people, pregnant women and those going through their menstrual cycle are barred from keeping a fast.

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