Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says


In fact, Muslims are not permitted to fast on Eid Al-Fitr and it falls on the first day of Shawwal, which is the tenth month, according to the lunar Islamic calendar. If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia declares the beginning of Ramadan from today, most among the Muslims in Europe would begin fasting from tomorrow.

Islamic scholars are firm that if the Ramadan moon is sighted in most parts of the Middle East today, then it would be viewed in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Indian subcontinent tomorrow. However, a massive section of believing Muslims in Europe keep a watch on the moon sighting updates from the Middle East.

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"The council hereby enjoins Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast", Shehu said.

In the cables, he wished for continued good health and well-being for the leaders and for further progress and prosperity for their nations. Otherwise the holy month will begin on Thursday, May 17.

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Ramadan is a holy month that commemorates when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

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