Muslims worldwide prepare for start of Ramadan 2018

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He said: "Ramadan is a very challenging month for everyone who observes it and we're fortunate to have experts in the University who can advise on the do's and don'ts to make sure people look after themselves, eat the right things and overcome another challenging month".

Ramadan is said to be a holy month during which period the prophet Muhammad says the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open.

Ramadan is the ninth of the Islamic calendar and is dependent on a moon-sighting methodology, which requires a physical new moon sighting.

RAMADAN is noticed by Muslims world wide as a month of fasting to commemorate "the most effective of occasions".

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan. Observers are allowed to eat a pre-dawn meal, including power foods like dates, yogurt and fava beans, to get them through the day, according to USA Today.

Those who want be kind to someone fasting in Ramadan may say or greet with "Ramadan Mubarak" ("Hayırlı Ramazanlar" in Turkish), meaning "Have a blessed Ramadan".

Though the Quran harps on the need to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, it also has room for some exceptions. Taraweeh is the special prayer held post Isha'a namaz on every night of Ramadan, when the entire Quran is narrated in divided portions over the next 27 days.

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He said Ramadan is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides.

Muslims in the United States and around the world made valuable contributions to their societies every day, and millions would honor this month in a special way with acts of service and giving back to their neighbors, Pompeo said.

Charity, also known as Zakat, is one of the pillars of Islam that promotes the sharing of wealth with the poor.

Adults, expect pregnant women, women in their menstrual cycle, people suffering from illness, the old and those travelling, observe fast.

Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, may fall on Friday, June 15, Eid al-Adha on August 22, and the first day of the Islamic year, Fatih-Muharram, 1440, may be on September 11, as the astronomers formerly predicted.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

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