Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Nigerian Imam talks about importance of fasting during Ramadan

Ramzan 2018 begins from tomorrow Pic Courtesy Pixabay
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 12:47

Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramada crescent in the evening before fasting begins. It is a time where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset, and in the U.S. that is approximately 16 hours of no food and water every day for a month.

It must be noted, however, that failing to fast during the period constitutes an infraction that could also be a crime in some Muslim countries.

Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah during Ramadan.

In a rare peace message for Muslims, US President Donald Trump reminded them on Tuesday that in the United States they were free to observe Ramazan, unimpeded by the government.

Ramadan is said to be a holy month during which period the prophet Muhammad says the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open.

Grand muftis (leaders of houses of Islamic opinions) and leagues of imams across the globe today declared that Ramadan, the ninth month in lunar Hijrah calendar, starts Thursday with all Muslim faithful commencing their month-long obligatory fasting.

Fasting is the religious duty of all Muslims and it means not letting anything pass or even touch the lips. Others who are also permitted to sit out of the fasting are the elderly, people travelling, pregnant and breastfeeding women, diabetic patients as well as females menstruating.

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Dr Ahdal said the UAE uses a mixture of traditional and modern methods by first using telescopes to try to spot the new moon and then, should a new moon be seen, increasing their efforts to sight the crescent with the naked eye.

"Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends, " Pompeo said.

What are the different traditions observed during Ramadan?

· Excess salt causes extreme thirst during the day - experts say that meals with high salt are not ideal to eat during night time hours because they can cause thirstiness during the day and is best to be avoided.

Taraweeh is the special prayer held post Isha'a namaz on every night of Ramadan, when the entire Quran is narrated in divided portions over the next 27 days.

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.

7 The fast ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated with gifts to charity and to one another, visits and parties.

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