Donald Trump Sends 'Best Wishes' to Muslims on Ramadan

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"According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Ramadan this evening (Tuesday) did not meet the criteria agreed upon by member countries of MABIMS (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)", read the press release.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month.

The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

It is a time where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset, and in the United States that is approximately 16 hours of no food and water every day for a month.

Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk on Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and is considered a holy period.

Meanwhile, prices of some food items like tomatoes, beans and onions have increased in Lagos markets ahead of the annual Ramadan by Muslims. Let's take a look at some of the aspects a non-Muslim should know about Ramadan.

The faithful in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and others prayed the holy month's first taraweeh, a special nightly prayer and one of the hallmarks of Ramadan, on Wednesday.

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The pre-dawn meal earlier than the quick known as the suhur, whereas the meal at sundown that breaks the quick is the iftar.

The month before Ramadan is called Sha'baan. Where the new moon (that of Ramadan) is sighted on the 29th of Sha'baan (May 15), Muslims are expected to commence fasting the next day.

Ramazan (Ramadan) is the holy month of Islam.

Fasting is the religious duty of all Muslims and it means not letting anything pass or even touch the lips.

The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship as Muslims seek to have their prayers answered during "Laylat al-Qadr" or "the Night of Destiny". There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people traveling.

After this month of religious worship and sacrifice, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a celebration marking the end of Ramadan on the first sighting on a new moon. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.

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