The beginning of the religious month depends on moon sighting. The Kingdom and other Muslim nations, like Indonesia, declared Ramadan would not begin on Wednesday based on the observations by moon-sighting committees.
With Ramadan starting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the 30-day period will come to an end on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Ustaz Ismail Busayr talks about the importance of fasting during Ramadan.
The objective of the fast is to remind the suffering of the less fortunate people and to bring the followers closer to God. So please, as we approach Ramadan, let this important Islamic month be a prayer point.
While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialized.
Saudi Arabia said that the Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.
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.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu in a statement yesterday quoted the Sultan as felicitating with Muslims on the occasion of this year's Ramadan fasting and prayed that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximize the benefits and blessings of the Holy Month.
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For some days, the search for Ramadan date this year has been on the rise on the internet. Travelers, sick persons and menstruating women are permitted to skip fasting, provided that they fast later on for a period equivalent to the number of missed obligatory days.
"Tonight is the 29 of Shaban", said Atthar Mahmood, vice-president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
While these are common practices, there are other less-familiar pointers to observe.
Rashid Fehmi, a Rochester Muslim Community Circle volunteer, said fasting is a part of Ramadan as a pathway to piety and empathy.
Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims as it is regarded to be the month that the holy Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
The month-long fasting ends on Id-ul-Fitr celebrations. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.
On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques.