Start of Ramadan delayed as no confirmed moon sightings in North America

When it comes to the holy month there's much more too it than fasting Zain Esseghaier says

The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, Al Arabiya reported.

Ramadan is a time to practice self-control and self-reflection.

On the 29th day of the preceding month, Shaaban, Muslim scholars observe the new crescent in the sky after the sun sets.

It is on this night, which falls during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, that Muslims believe that God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Quran.

Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh normally begin Ramzan fasting a day later than Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

The Arab states did not sight the moon after which the Arab media had said that the Holy month would commence from 17th of May.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. As the end of the month approaches, Muslims buy new clothes for themselves and to gift to the relatives and the loved ones.

Ramadan is also recognised as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, alongside faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca.

The UAE government has reduced working hours for the public and private sector for the holy month of Ramadan.

Deputy Premier Hakan Cavusoglu on Tuesday said Turkey aimed to feed 100,000 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during the holy month of Ramadan.

This week marks the beginning of the Ramadan for more than a billion Muslims across the world.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.

A typical greeting is Ramadan Mubarak, which implies "have a blessed Ramadan".

Redbridge CCG - the body in charge of what health services are provided in the borough - advise those fasting avoid spending long periods of time in the sun to stay healthy. 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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