Ramadan will begin on Thursday in most countries

The Islamic Center in Male

The Islamic Center in Male

Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan. Because of the lunar calendar, the start of Ramazan moves backwards by about eleven days each year. The resettlement area was built for residents displaced by five-month fighting between government forces and ISIS-inspired militants. Each Islamic month is either twenty-nine or maximum thirty days.

The first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramazan will most likely be on Thursday, as Al-Arabiya news channel reported.

In Nigeria for instance, the leader of the Muslims the Sultan of Sokoto Sheikh Sa'ad Abubakar has tasked the faithful to look out for the new moon.

The National Grand Mufti of the republic of Ghana, Sheikh Ductur Imam Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has declared Wednesday, the 16th of May 2018 as the starting day of Ramadan.

Ramadan is believed to be a time of intense spirituality when the believers are surrounded by angels, the gates of heaven are open, and Allah's blessings and mercy are abundant.

The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday on Saudi Arabia and adjoining Gulf region.

The beginning of Ramadan has traditionally been based on "hilal" sightings, which is the traditional method mentioned in the Quran and followed by the Prophet Muhammad.

For many Muslims it means a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset - going without food and water, smoking and sex during daylight.

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

The common greetings during the month are "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem", wishing the recipient a "blessed" and generous Ramadan.

The month-long fasting ends with Id-ul-Fitr, celebrated in the Muslim community.

"Muslims in the United States and around the world make valuable contributions to their societies every day, and millions will honour this month in a special way with acts of service and giving back to their neighbours". A person may see other men coming as brothers, irrespective of color, status or anything else, shoulder to shoulder for namaz (congregational prayer).

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