Ramadan fast to begin on Thursday
Since the new moon of Ramadan was not spotted on Tuesday evening, May 16, the religious authorities in Saudi Arabia have declared that the beginning of the Muslim fast to be Thursday, May 17, 2018 across all countries and this was announced by the official Saudi news agency, SPA.
With this declaration, the Islamic month of Shhaaban ends on Wednesday, May 16.
Egypt Mufti, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraqi Sunni Muslim minority have all also made their individual announcements of the fasting month to begin on Thursday. Last year, Ramadan began 26th May, after the moon was spotted.
During the Ramadan period, Muslim-faithfuls abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. They also participate in deep worship, reading of the Quran and prayers.
The Ramadan fast will last for about 30 days followed immediately by the Salah celebration.