Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

16 May, 2018, 13:52 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Ramadan 2018 At sunset families gather to break the fast with a meal known as Iftar

Saudi moon-sighter Abdullah al-Khudairy, the director of the observatory of Majmaah University in Hautat Sudair, said the crescent can not be sighted if it sets before the sun, or of it sets after the sun within a certain timeframe in a certain place and if it happens that there's an eclipse.

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. In essence, it is a period of spiritual growth attained through prayer and self-control.

Reduced to 3% of the territory it occupied at its peak in 2014, ISIS recently released its first statement in over 10 months that called on its supporters to redirect attacks against Arab states supposedly complicit with the "Crusader" states of the West. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran. "Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful". The Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day's fast. Join in the festivities to celebrate the holy month with local people.

· Water, water and more water during night time hours - experts advise to drink as much water as possible during Iftaar and Suhur times, especially if hot weather is expected during the day. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people traveling.

Zakat is prescribed as a means of purification for the person who fasts, redressing wrong deeds and undesirable words uttered during fasting.


Google has also announced the roll out of their interactive calligraphy application called Qalam to help create 3D Ramadan messages and an augmented reality tool, the Qibla Finder, which helps Muslims locate where Mecca is before prayer.

How long does Ramadan last?

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.

While these are common practices, there are other less-familiar pointers to observe.

The faithful in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and others prayed the holy month's first taraweeh, a special nightly prayer and one of the hallmarks of Ramadan, on Wednesday.

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