As millions of Muslims around the world anxiously waited for the Saudi Supreme Court to officially announce start of Ramadan 2018 - the Holy Month of fasting, a UAE daily quoting Arabiya reported that the Ramadan moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and hence Ramadan will start on Thursday.
For Muslims all around the world, this week marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, a period commonly known as a time for fasting.
"It's fantastic what the human body is capable of doing during the fast", Hayat said. So don't be alarmed when you see a swarm of people walking out at around 11:30 pm. While children who have not reached puberty are not obliged to fast, many are encouraged to practice early on.
During Ramadan, Muslims wake up well before dawn to eat the pre-dawn meal or sehri.
On June 2, the eighth annual Ramadan Day of Service will take place in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, 1-4:30 p.m.at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. This will be the third year RMCC has held the event, Fehmi said.
"We're not religious scholars but we'll try to answer questions people have", he said.
As so many people unite to celebrate Ramadan, Melania and I join in the hope for a blessed month. She added: "I know people may quote hadith at me and theologically they may be right but, then again, there weren't state exams when the rules were written so I think it's a case of using common sense and doing what you feel is right, a decision between you and God".
The month of Ramadan is observed in order to commemorate when Allah gave the first chapters of the holy book Quran to the prophet Muhammad.
Muslims will pray at allotted times throughout the day, fast after sunrise and before sunset and families may come together for celebratory dinners referred to as Suhoor and Iftar. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society. "Just as it is not logical that a police officer discusses medicine, the government should prevent those who do not understand Islam from discussing Islamic issues such as fasting", Al-Atrash explained. Like prayer, it can be a personal experience.
"At a time when we're going without food and drink, we want to package food and drink for those in need", Soltani said. It is the month of laylatul qodr - a night said to be better than a thousand months.
"Each person may experience it differently", Fehmi said.
For Fehmi, it helps him feel fortunate for what he has and to feel empathy for those struggling.
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