Ramadan begins Wednesday for Muslims

Five-a-side face-off to help players during Ramadan

Five-a-side face-off to help players during Ramadan

Because of the lunar calendar, the start of Ramazan moves backwards by about eleven days each year.

Muslims throughout the world fast for different hours. But Ramazan is more than that.

Fasting from dawn until sunset in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is meant to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

It is meant to bring Muslims closer to God and teach them about patience, spirituality, and humility.

The act of fasting is alleged to cleanse the soul by releasing it from worldly actions, along with the abolition of previous sins.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month. Talk to your co-workers about Ramadan and its significance to you, and state your expectations to be accommodated, such as time to break your fast and a safe space to pray. Children, pregnant women, elderly, girls who are menstruating and sick people are exempted from the fast.

Muslims give to the poor and those in need during Ramadan. When it comes to meals it is really important that they comprise of a good balance of starchy carbohydrates, like potatoes, rice and bread, along with a good intake of vegetables, proteins such as meat or fish, and dairy for the natural fats. "But when you're a minority community you appreciate togetherness a lot more".

· Fitness and fasting can work together - gym enthusiasts can stick to their routine of working out every day. Hungry people may start the evening with a light snack.

"You're essentially teaching yourself how to limit your consumption of something that is ordinarily permissible so that you're more conscious of other elements", Suleiman says.

Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah - a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year - during Ramadan. "Ramadan should be a time when we open ourselves up to difference because that's what makes our community so rich". Be patient with the hungry Turks you encounter - fasters can be a bit on the grumpy side. Fasting during Ramadan isn't simply an obligation to be completed before mindlessly filling our stomachs with any kind of food to sustain our bodies for a month. Two of my kids, who will be fasting have their exams scheduled in the last ten days of this holy month and even during Eid.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the first sighting of a new moon and in 2018, it will be celebrated on June 14, 2018.

The Arab states did not sight the moon after which the Arab media had said that the Holy month would commence from 17th of May.

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