No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

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If the moon is not sighted on Tuesday night, Ramadan will automatically begin on Thursday.

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If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17.

"Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday 16th May, 2018 equivalent to 29th Sha'aban 1439 AH". It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.

This saying is the standard greeting in Islam religion when celebrating Ramadan, which is a global holiday that celebrates a month-long fasting journey for Muslims in honor of Allah, God in Islam tradition. However, many Muslims visit mosques on the last ten nights to read the Quran, pray and stay away from worldly affairs, an activity of seclusion known as itikaf.

Most Muslims in the UAE fast during Ramadan (exceptions include pregnant women, elderly people, someone who is unwell) and yet go to work with the same dedication.

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It is a time where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset, and in the U.S. that is approximately 16 hours of no food and water every day for a month.

Covering the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a period of fasting which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, the Islamic prophet.

As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is accompanied with increased spiritual reflection, worship and acts of charity.

Even though many Turks don't fast for Ramazan, they are sensitive to those who are fasting around them. While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialised.

Some 1.8 billion Muslims will fast from dawn till dusk, starting from the evening of May 15 and ending in the evening of June 14.

"May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member. While on weekdays Suhoor is usually taken at home with family, weekends see city dwellers head to specially set up tents or restaurants to fuel up before the first light of the day, and the Fajr prayer.

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