Saudi Arabia declared that Ramadan will begin on Thursday May 17, 2018. It was officially announced today. KhaleejTimes reported.
The Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, this prompted the conclusion that Shaban has to be completely counted in other to begin Ramadan. Egypt’s Mufti, the country’s top religious authority, said in a televised speech that the holy month will start on Thursday in the most populous Arab countries.
Also, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority also announced that the holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday.
During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.
Devout Muslims also mark the month by intense worship, performing special nightly prayers and reading Islam’s holy book, the Koran.
Fasting is one of Islam’s five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.