Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Muslims in Singapore to mark start of Ramadan on May 17

Muslims in Singapore to mark start of Ramadan on May 17

This year Ramazan (Ramadan) begins on the evening of Tuesday May 15 and ends on the evening of Thursday June 14. Join in the festivities to celebrate the holy month with local people. The beginning of the religious month depends on moon sighting.

RAMADAN is noticed by Muslims world wide as a month of fasting to commemorate "the most effective of occasions". Muslims around the world are making special arrangements for Iftar - the meal to break the fast, so that poor Muslims don't suffer. This is done at mosques and can last two/three hours every night. Let's take a look at some of the aspects a non-Muslim should know about Ramadan.

Both public and private sector companies will have shorter work hours for the duration of Ramadan as many employees are fasting.

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

Femi Odusanya, spokesperson of Mile 12 Market Perishable Food Traders Association, said it was imperative to train farmers to adopt modern technology in crop production, and empower them with funds. In case the new moon is not sighted today, then Ramadan in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other South Asia countries will begin on Friday May 18, 2018.

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Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, meaning "scorching heat" or "dryness". However, a massive section of believing Muslims in Europe keep a watch on the moon sighting updates from the Middle East. Muslims focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity during this month which will fall on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

"May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member.

Eid al-Fitr celebrations traditionally begin with morning prayers followed by a short sermon.

Fasting is compulsory for grownup Muslims, besides those that are affected by an sickness, travelling, are aged, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ailing or menstruating.

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