Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Everything You Need to Know About Ramadan

Everything You Need to Know About Ramadan

The reason being that unlike the Gregorian calendar where days of a month are fixed, the Hijri calendar depends on the sighting of the moon.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Wednesday, and members of Oklahoma's Muslim community are working to increase interfaith understanding during the month-long observance. This means eating lots of high-protein foods and drinking as much water as possible right up until dawn, after which you can't eat or drink anything.

It must be noted, however, that failing to fast during the period constitutes an infraction that could also be a crime in some Muslim countries. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17.

In the program, Eissa repeatedly questioned the necessity of fasting in Ramadan, saying that "Fasting is considered a sovereign decision, Allah (God) commanded us, yet we are not informed on the wisdom behind fasting".

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But, even when exempt from fasting, Muslims are expected to use the month to increase their acts of charity, and draw closer to God, Enchassi said.

Deputy Premier Hakan Cavusoglu on Tuesday said Turkey aimed to feed 100,000 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is one of the five "pillars" of Islam.

Saudi Arabia said that the Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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During this time of spiritual reflection, things that may not equate to a proper Islamic faith are often purged. Children, pregnant women, elderly and unwell people and girls who are menstruating are allowed not to fast. Muslims in these countries like their fellows elsewhere will look for the crescent moon this evening which will determine the beginning of Ramadan month.

Some 1.8 billion Muslims will fast from dawn till dusk, starting from the evening of May 15 and ending in the evening of June 14.

The "night time of energy" or "night time of decree" is taken into account the holiest night time of the 12 months, as Muslims consider the primary revelation of the Koran was despatched all the way down to Muhammad on this night time. Other than fasting they also engage in charitable activities.

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. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society.

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