Ramadan began on the evening of Tuesday, May 15 and central to observing this holy month is Sawm - fasting during daylight hours. To answer the common queries about this pious period here's looking at the most common questions. During the day, we work, sleep, continue with prayers, read the Quran, prepare for iftar and basically just try to be better people; because every good deed that Muslims do is said to have a greater reward during the month of Ramadan.
Others who may not fast include pregnant or lactating women whose babies may be harmed, women in their menstrual period or having postpartum bleeding and others in situations that require them to be in their best physical condition (i.e. soldiers on guard duty).
Muslim's will fast throughout the month, practising one of the five key pillars of the Islamic faith.
Ramadan is believed to be a time of intense spirituality when the believers are surrounded by angels, the gates of heaven are open, and Allah's blessings and mercy are abundant.
Water, water and more water during night-time hours - experts advise to drink as much water as possible during Iftaar (breaking of fast) and Suhur (pre-dawn meal) times, especially if hot weather is expected during the day. Lauran and Haseeb will be cooking a kosher meal for us, and together we will break the fast with new friends and conversation.
The lunar month lasts between 29 and 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon.
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"But yet, those differences [have] not changed the nature of Ramadan that's being observed in Iran".
On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques. South Korea, Japan and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday. "Ramadan will be boring for us again but we want to spend it in our city", Ismael, a student evacuee told Manila Bulletin. In the Arab world, monthlong soap operas starring Egypt's top actors rake in millions of dollars in advertising.
Another RMCC public event to mark the end of Ramadan is planned and will be announced later. And Marawi's 160 mosques where Maranaos gathered for prayer and solemn rites during Ramadan have likewise been deserted.
According to the holy book of Muslims, The Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan.
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This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.