Ramadan 2018 date: Looking for Moon on 29th Shaban tonight

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

Across the Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, are also depending on the moon sighting.

Designated religious authorities in the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium and other parts of Europe are keeping a vigil on the crescent moon, which would mark the beginning of the month of Ramadan ul-kareem (Ramzan) 2018. Across the world, Muslims observe Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, intercourse and other activities considered worldly, from sunrise to sunset. Things like taking small breaks from revision or work and going on small walks, writing daily to-do lists or listing what you're finding hard and working on combatting these, and planning meals to make sure you're eating the rights things to get good energy levels can all have a bit impact. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17.

Before we get into more details about the holy month, here are a few iftar (meal to break the fast) events happening around the borough.

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It is compulsory for all Muslims to fast except those who are exempted: children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling. South Korea, Japan and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday.

Ramadan is also a time for feasting with family and friends.

As many as 9 Muslim countries have announced that the moon of Ramadan was not sighted in their countries.

Ramadan is a holy month for the world's almost 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.

It is on this night, which falls during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, that Muslims believe that God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Quran.

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At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic.

Muslims during Ramadan generally greet each other saying, "Ramadan mubarak!" and Sunni Muslims go to the mosque at night to offer prayers, the practice is known as "taraweeh".

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