No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

  • No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

Meanwhile, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), is calling on Muslims to look out for the moon that ushers in the 1439 A.H Ramadan fast.

Earlier in the evening, the department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

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.

Shaker said the center provides Muslims free meals to break their fast.

If the new moon is sighted today then the Holy month of fasting Ramdan will begin in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh on Thursday May 17, 2018.

Fasting for the whole day can be a more gruelling experience for some depending on where they live.

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. "But that's what this month is about, it's about self-sacrifice and showing that discipline", he says.

Also on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte greeted his Muslim constituents on the advent of Ramadan, expressing hope they would intensify "resolve to achieve spiritual cleansing and growth".

The month of Ramadan, which begins on May 16 sees a large number of Muslims across the world observe 30 days of fasting during daylight hours, which means they can not eat any food or drink any water or other drinks until the sun sets.

Once the crescent is seen, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims will embark on a month of fasting, prayer, charity and everything it takes to devote themselves to God. The Australian Muslim Council of Imams, too, declared that Ramadan will fall on Thursday. Others who are also permitted to sit out of the fasting are the elderly, people travelling, pregnant and breastfeeding women, diabetic patients as well as females menstruating.

He said: "May God bless our efforts in establishing a Muslim community of excellence and bestow upon us the strength to perform our fast with much faith and devotion". Muslims will try to see the moon on 29th Shaban this evening.

What are the different traditions observed during Ramadan?

"Being a minority religion is always challenging, and it's rewarding at the same time", Enchassi said.

Muslims interact in elevated prayer and charity throughout Ramadan.

Ramadan concludes at sunset on June 15, at Eid ul-Fitr, the Feast of the Fast-Breaking.