What non muslims need to know about Ramadan

Ramazan 2018: Holy month of fasting starts in Gulf and far East countries from May 17

Talking numbers, the not-for-profit organization explains that 80% of U.S. Muslims said they fast Ramadan while 20% said no.

Remembering victims of the past unrest and supporting them is essential, he indicated.

Be sure to wish your Muslim neighbors Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan. This is done at mosques and can last two/three hours every night.

They also offer more prayers, contribute more money to the poor and regularly study the Quran.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will exercise caution in its security operations in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Grand muftis (leaders of houses of Islamic opinions) and leagues of imams across the globe yesterday declared that Ramadan, the ninth month in the lunar Hijrah calendar, starts today with all Muslim faithful commencing their month-long obligatory fasting. Indeed, in most of the 39 surveyed countries with sizable Muslim populations, more than nine-in-ten Muslims fast, making it the second-most-observed of Islam's Five Pillars, behind only the shahada, the affirmation of belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad.

Sighting the crescent to determine when the holy month of Ramadan begins is not the only moonsighting which concerns Muslims.

During the entirety of Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final day, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

Ramadan is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins.

Before dawn to prepare for the next day of fasting, families often wake in the night for a light meal known as "suhoor", eating fruits and vegetables, or a small dish with beans, lentils, bread or rice.

However, young children, pregnant women, the elderly or ill do not have to fast to avoid potential health problems.

However, in recent years, Ramadan has also seen an increase in terror attacks. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims traditionally celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with candies, gifts for children, charitable donations and social events.

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