Saudi King Salman Congratulates Muslim World on Advent of Ramadan

Meanwhile, 65% of the American Muslims who stated that religion is "somewhat important" fast during the holy month. The conclusion of the ritual is based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon.

The sultanate's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said last Monday that the holy month would fall on Thursday, May 17 due to concerns the moon would not be visible nationwide on Tuesday evening next week.

Ramadan word has Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.

Officials emphasised the need for caution on the roads during the Holy Month. Children, the elderly, those who are sick, women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, and travelers are excluded from fasting. However, the fast was not obligatory (wājib) earlier.

In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadan fasting would be more hard for Muslim constituents to observe, but their sacrifices are bound to earn more divine rewards, according to Islamic scholars.

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.

But while the period brings Muslims closer to God, it's also a time of joy and involves daily convivial meetings for breaking fast at sundown, called Iftar. He said Ramadan is a special month since Allah made al-Qadr (the night of power) in this month. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month.

This is done by refraining from impulses such as consuming coffee, smoking, midday snacking and more. In this blessed month, let's take the opportunity to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties by performing activities together such as having the pre-dawn and break fast meals, as well as the night prayers as a family. If it happens, it will one of the rarest occasions, when Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldeh will start Ramadan along with Muslims I Arab and Western countries.

  • Jon Douglas