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Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting on Thursday

Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting on Thursday

The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

The moon-sighting committee met at Abu Dhabi Judicial Department after Maghrib prayers on Wednesday to look for the new crescent Moon and determine when the holy month would begin.

Saudi moon observers said that there was no sight of Ramazan crescent Tuesday.

From why the month of Ramadan moves to how it is celebrated, here is your guide to the holy month.

While in Pakistan the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin from May 17, according to Khalid Ejaz Mufti, Secretary-General of Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC).

"Over the coming month, families and friends will gather in mosques and homes, fast during the daytime, and, in the evening, break their fast with iftar and pray together".

This is because the Gulf countries decide the beginning of Ramadan based on the Islamic calendar, which is linked to the moon's 29 and a half-day monthly cycle. Those observing refrain from food or drink from sun-up to sundown, with exceptions for age or health conditions, and break the day's fast with the iftar meal. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran.

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