Ramadan Starts on May 17th in Most Muslim Nations

Muslims keep a day-long fast which begins before the crack of dawn and ends after the sunset during the holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a 30-day period of fellowship and "social revival and an educational month that focuses our soul toward the creator, and toward creation", Enchassi said. The beginning of Ramadan 2018 depends on moon sighting.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

For most Muslims, the guidelines for observing Ramadan state no food nor drink can pass the lips after daybreak and before nightfall.

She notes U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad fasted throughout her intense training sessions and so did many Muslim soccer players during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

With Ramadan starting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the 30-day period will come to an end on Thursday, June 14, 2018. But for high school and college students who also have to study and take exams during this time, the fasting can be particularly challenging - so they're trading tips and moral support on Twitter.

It is meant to bring Muslims closer to God and teach them about patience, spirituality, and humility.

Students and academics at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have come up with a guide which aims to help people observing the month of Ramadan to make sure they eat right and look after their systems.

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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.

Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan in all other Gulf states as well as in many Arab and Muslim countries.

They are also forbidden from sexual relations, false speech or fighting, save for self defence and those who are pregnant, menstruating, breastfeeding, diabetic or old are exempt from fasting.

Mr Trump noted that many Muslim observe this holy month by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Holy Quran. South Korea, Japan and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday. This time of year, observant Muslims here would have to eat before 3:40 a.m. Exceptions are made for people for health or medical reasons.

And after a month of fasting, reflection and charity, there's a huge celebration: Eid.

"As so many people unite to celebrate Ramadan, Melania and I join in the hope for a blessed month", he wrote, concluding with the traditional phrase of greeting during the season, "Ramadan Mubarak".

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