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What non muslims need to know about Ramadan

What non muslims need to know about Ramadan

The holy Ramadan 2018 month for Muslims may begin from May 17 in India.

The fasting month of Ramadan starts with the sighting of the new moon after which the religious authorities declare the commencement of Ramadan.

The committee for moon-sighting of UAE met after the Maghrib prayers yesterday to announce the date of start of Ramadan.

A new month in the Islamic Calendar is decided based on sighting of the crescent - the new moon, on the 29th day of an ongoing month. It begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. In the United States, Ramadan begins on the evening of May 15 and is scheduled to end a month later on the evening of June 14.

He said if the moon is not sighted on Wednesday night, Friday will automatically become the first day of Ramadan fast.

Muslims worldwide start the fasting month of Ramadan today.

A MONTH OF FASTING- A store in downtown Davao City features mannequins displaying traditional Muslim women's dresses for Ramadan.

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It's also thought that pious behaviour and good deeds can increase a Muslim's spiritual reward, known as thawab, during this period. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month.

Among the beneficiaries is Sheikh Jamil Bukenya of Mengo Kisenyi in Kampala, says the food package will save them from buying expensive food during Ramadan and they fast with one heart.

"During the holy month of Ramadan", the statement continued, "Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through fellowship and prayer".

Fasting is one of Islam's five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

"On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan".

A street staller sells cakes to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, outside the East London Mosque, Whitechapel.