Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says

Ramazan 2018: Holy month of fasting starts in Gulf and far East countries from May 17

Some 1.8 billion Muslims will fast from dawn till dusk, starting from the evening of May 15 and ending in the evening of June 14.

The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

Muslims around Fiji are expected to begin their month-long fast from Thursday, May 17, or Friday, May 18.

In Nigeria for instance, the leader of the Muslims the Sultan of Sokoto Sheikh Sa'ad Abubakar has tasked the faithful to look out for the new moon.

The National Grand Mufti of the republic of Ghana, Sheikh Ductur Imam Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has declared Wednesday, the 16th of May 2018 as the starting day of Ramadan.

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. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17.

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"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadan Kareem".

Ramadan is a 30 day period of fasting recognizing the completion of the holy book by the Prophet Muhammad. Salisu Shehu in which he quoted the Sultan as rejoicing with Muslims on the occasion of this year's Ramadan fasting, while also praying for Allah's blessings of the Holy Month.

It is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is observed based on the sighting of the moon according to accounts compiled in the hadith. There are a total of around 470 hours of actual fasting (almost 20 full days) in daylight hours during Ramadan 2018. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Fasting is meant to bring Muslims closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.

How to wish someone Ramadan.

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After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

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