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

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Ramadan 2018 Date in India and other Asian countries: Depending on the moon sighting, fasting for Ramadan in India will either begin from May 17 (Thursday) or May 18 (Friday).

Designated religious authorities in the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium and other parts of Europe are keeping a vigil on the crescent moon, which would mark the beginning of the month of Ramadan ul-kareem (Ramzan) 2018. This means eating lots of high-protein foods and drinking as much water as possible right up until dawn, after which you can't eat or drink anything. Muslim communities often have communal night prayers and fasting breaks.

But how many hours of daytime fasting does it involve, taking up how many days?

He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed.

He said, "Ramadan becomes a very helpful opportunity to bring people together, those who come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and linguistic backgrounds".

Keeping Ramazan is one of the five pillars (basic duties) of the Muslim faith. Muslims focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity during this month which will fall on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

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ISGOC, CAIR and any other volunteers who would like to attend will be collecting and packaging food for those in need. As such, those who are sick must make up for the missed fasts some time later when they are in better shape.

"In the event of not receiving any testimonies about sighting of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday evening, Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday", the royal court said in a statement quoting the Supreme Court. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling.

As many as 9 Muslim countries have announced that the moon of Ramadan was not sighted in their countries.

The "night time of energy" or "night time of decree" is taken into account the holiest night time of the 12 months, as Muslims consider the primary revelation of the Koran was despatched all the way down to Muhammad on this night time.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

FILE - Abdul Barek Hajji, a Bengali Muslim, reads the Koran while waiting for the Maghrib sunset prayer during Ramadan at the Abu Bakr Mosque in Flushing, New York, May 31, 2017.

He encouraged the community to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties throughout the month.

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