Ramadan, which is also called Ramzan, is observed by Muslims all around the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, as per the Islamic belief. The date of the Ramadan is confirmed once the moon is spotted. The end of the Ramadan is also marked by the sighting of the new moon only.
The sultanate's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said last Monday that the holy month would fall on Thursday, May 17 due to concerns the moon would not be visible nationwide on Tuesday evening next week. In case the new moon is not sighted, then Ramadan in India will begin from May 18, Friday.
As the lunar calendar in the Middle East is running a day ahead of the eastern part of the world, the region witnesses Ramdan's crescent moon a day before the Indian subcontinent and other parts of South and South-East Asia. Here is all you need to know about Ramadan - The Holiest month for the Islams. Chapter 2, Verse 185 of the Holy Book states: "The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong)".
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The final 10 nights of Ramadan include intense prayer and are followed by a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in a statement on Wednesday, May 16 wished Muslims a peaceful and blessed Ramadan, NAN reports. Public sector employees will work from 9am to 2pm during the Holy Month. Travellers, sick persons and women having their monthly periods are permitted to skip fasting, provided they fast later for a period equivalent to the number of obligatory days that they missed.
Muslims will eat just two meals per day during Ramadan: "Suhoor", the meal before dawn at the beginning of the fast and "Iftar", the meal at sunset to mark the end of the fast. But even among American Muslims who say religion is "not too" or "not at all" important, a substantial share (41%) say they fast.
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