First Day of Ramadan 2018 Announced in Saudi Arabia

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It is expected that the Holy Month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday 17 May, 2018, but it's yet to be officially confirmed. The moon sighting committee in the U.A.E. will meet today after Maghrib prayer to announce the date of the commencement of Ramadan which is most likely to fall on May 16 or May 17.

Non-Muslims visiting Islamic nations during Ramadan are not required to fast, but they are expected to refrain from eating and drinking in public spaces out of respect. "With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world, Trump said".

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar.

The moon-sighting committee met at Abu Dhabi Judicial Department after Maghrib prayers on Wednesday to look for the new crescent Moon and determine when the holy month would begin.

Egypt's Mufti, the country's top religious authority, said in a televised speech that the holy month will start on Thursday in the most populous Arab country. This fast is called Roza.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims except those who are exempted - among others the ill, travelers, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or menstruating.

In the holy month, Muslims fast for a full lunar month.

At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic.

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