Ramadan : Saraki urges Muslims to pray for peace, security, economic prosperity

Muslim men pray in Kuwait City's Grand Mosque just before daybreak during the holy month of Ramadan

Muslim men pray in Kuwait City's Grand Mosque just before daybreak during the holy month of Ramadan

Its start is calculated based on the sightings of the new moon, which marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 to 30 days. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar. Muslims who fast during the month should strive to better understand their own religion as well as strengthen their harmony with people of other religions.

Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, forgoing earthly needs to be closer to God.

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan.

Every year, on this auspictous day, friends and family meet and greet each other on this auspicious day, and several delicacies are prepared. There is also a verse in the Quran that prescribes fasting for all Muslims who are mature and healthy enough to do so for the full day.

Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Ramadan is full of celebration and festivity as the Muslims immerse themselves in reading the Quran, making prayers, and spending maximum time doing dhikr (praising remembrance) for the Almighty Creator.

Fasting is meant to allow Muslims to seek nearness and to look for forgiveness from God, to express their gratitude to and dependence on him, atone for their past sins, and to remind them of the needy. The challenge of fasting for many is also a chance to reset spiritually and physically, kick bad habits and purify the heart.

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Muslim community Monday to pray for peace and understanding as the holy month of Ramadan begins.

Otherwise, Ramadan fasting will carry on for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5.

These countries will be on the lookout for the Eid moon that evening.

Treasurer of the Northland Muslim Community Charitable Trust, Shirley Rankin, said Muslims revel in their collective identity during the holy month.

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