Ramadan is observed throughout the world. More than 1.5 billion Muslims across the world will start fasting for an entire month beginning tomorrow. In Some parts of Asia, especially South Asia, the fasting will begin day on Sunday.
Fasting or Saum is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims are required to fast from before day break till sunset and are prohibited from eating, drinking water, juice or anything else, besides refraining from many lawful things.
In much of the world Ramadan is beginning tomorrow, while there are chances that in some parts of Asia, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the month of Ramadan will start beginning Sunday. It depends on the moon sighting. In nations like Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other nations, the month begins on physical moon sightings. This is the reason that in some places Ramadan will begin on Saturday and other places on Sunday.
There has been raging discussion on whether Muslims should depend on modern sources to sight moon for the beginning of new lunar month. To know the beginning of the new lunar month is no rocket science these days and weathermen know it well across the world. It can be tracked on any weather satellite and even most backward nations in the world have the means to actually know as to where is moon.
But our clerics don’t really want to give up one more avenue where they have some leverage over the Muslim community. This tends to create panic in many areas, particularly in nations where Muslims are in minority and have one officially sanctioned holiday for Eid.
It must be kept in mind that the Arabic or lunar month of Ramadan is dedicated to fasting in memory of revelation of the holy book Quran on Prophet Muhammad. This is a month when Muslims across the world try to compete with each others in prayers, philanthropy and even stay away from the pleasures of life that are usually used freely by them.
Qur’an clearly says this is the month in which the holy book was revealed. Muslims try their best to study Qur’an as much as possible. Most of the people study as much Quran as possible and offers prayers.
Ramadan is a month that is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset and is designed to emphasize self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. Muslims generally have a meal – known as the suhoor – just before sunrise and another – the iftar- after sunset. Dates are traditionally used as the first food to break the fast, based on the tradition that Muhammad broke his own fast with three dates.
During the days of Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food and drink. Fasting is considered an obligation for adult Muslims, except for those who are ill, traveling, elderly, pregnant, diabetic or have other health-related conditions.
Ramadan 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday , May 26 and ends in the evening of Saturday , June 24.