Saudi, UAE Declares Ramadan Fasting Begins On Thursday

Saudi, UAE Declares Ramadan Fasting Begins On Thursday

Hilal, the crescent, is normally a day or extra after the astronomical new 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.

Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting everyday for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

With Ramadan starting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the 30-day period will come to an end on Thursday, June 14, 2018. While children who have not reached puberty are not obliged to fast, many are encouraged to practice early on.

He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed.

He said, "We should, therefore, prepare ourselves physically for this month".

We may have encountered at least one of our Muslim friends who might have expressed the fact that swallowing saliva can break the fast.

The holy month begins with the sighting of the new moon based on the Islamic lunar calendar, after which the religious authorities of Muslim majority countries will declare the start of Ramadan.

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. That means the dawn-to-dusk fasting is expected to begin on Thursday.

Muslims, estimated at more than 1.6 billion in 2010 worldwide, observe fasting with intensified prayers and religious rituals in varying degrees depending on the environment prevailing in their respective locations.

Fasting is compulsory for grownup Muslims, besides those that are affected by an sickness, travelling, are aged, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ailing or menstruating.

Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, has seen Ramadan through both the Muslim and Christian perspective.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and marks the month that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.

"But yet, those differences [have] not changed the nature of Ramadan that's being observed in Iran". At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society.