First day of Ramadan in France is Thursday

First day of Ramadan in France is Thursday

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. In the United States, Ramadan begins on the evening of May 15 and is scheduled to end a month later on the evening of June 14.

Ndirangwa told The Observer recently that when Muslims fast, they get closer to God and also become more compassionate to those in need.

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. If a person is suffering from illness, is travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill, menstruating or elderly, then they can be absolved from keeping the fast.

The Central Moon Sighting Committees in India Pakistan and Bangladesh have issued appeals to Muslims in their respective countries to sight the crescent, Ramadan Moon or Ramzan Chand, Wednesday May 16, 2018 corresponding to 29th Shaban 1439. The kingdom's announcement was made on Saudi state TV and by other state-run media.

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Fasting is one of Islam's five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Many donate their annual charity, known as "zakat", during Ramadan. Many Muslims also go to the mosque to pray. The month-long fasting period for Muslims starts today. Following sunset prayers, Muslims will celebrate with friends and family with a nightly feast called iftar.

"I would like to take this opportunity to wish every Muslims in Singapore a blessed Ramadan".

In the United Arab Emirates, where foreigners outnumber locals, restaurants put up curtains out of respect to those who are fasting, and expats are encouraged not to eat in public view of those fasting.

The final 10 nights of Ramadan include intense prayer and are followed by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.