Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday

Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday

Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan involving daily prayers and fasting begins today.

The exact start date will only be confirmed when the moon is spotted - this year it is expected to be between May 15 and May 16.

During this period, practicing Muslims are barred from eating between sunrise and sunset.

With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world.

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"As such tomorrow is the last day of the Islamic calendar month of Syaaban".

Those that do not sight it are to complete the thirtieth day of Sha'baan and automatically start Ramadan the next day - in this case on Thursday May 17, 2018.

Saudi Arabia said that the Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar.

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In an exclusive video to Al-Ahram Arabic news portal, the Grand Mufti congratulated Muslims worldwide ahead of the commencement of the holy month. Those observing refrain from food or drink from sun-up to sundown, with exceptions for age or health conditions, and break the day's fast with the iftar meal.

From why the month of Ramadan moves to how it is celebrated, here is your guide to the holy month.

At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

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