Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan

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10 Dead 50 Hurt In Stampede In Bangladesh For Alms Ahead Of Ramadan

Saudi Arabian moon observers said there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy month on Thursday.

The date of commencement is expected to fall between Wednesday May 16 or Thursday May 17.

During this period, practicing Muslims are barred from eating between sunrise and sunset.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan Wednesday.

During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to pray and fast from dusk to dawn.

Islamic scholars are firm that if the Ramadan moon is sighted in most parts of the Middle East today, then it would be viewed in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Indian subcontinent tomorrow.

Though in some countries a lack of moon-sighting has bumped the start of Ramadan to Thursday, the USA and Europe begin observing the month at sundown tonight. After sunset the fast is broken with an evening meal called 'Iftar', often starting with few sips of water and handful of candies or dates. Roza is observed to attain purity and piousness in the month of Ramadan.

How do you wish someone happy Ramadan?

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims except those who are exempted - among others the ill, travelers, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or menstruating.

Note that on the last day of Ramadan, which is Eid al-fitr, the greeting changes to "Eid Mubarak".

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