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Fasting month of Ramadan starts today

Ramzan, the month of fasting in Islam, will begin from tomorrow as the moon was sighted today.

The thin crescent moon marking the beginning of a new month in the Islamic calendar is called Hilal and is used to predict the start of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-majority nations, like Egypt and Indonesia, declared Ramadan would begin Thursday based on a moon-sighting methodology. "May God bless our efforts in establishing a Muslim Community of Excellence and bestow upon us the strength to perform our fast with much faith and devotion", said Bakaram. It is also a chance to kick addictions like caffeine and cigarettes.

This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.

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.

Wendi Campbell is the executive director of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region
Wendi Campbell is the executive director of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iranian Parliament, forwarded a message of congratulations to all his Muslim counterparts across the globe to extend greetings on the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In fact, more Muslim adults say they fast during Ramadan than say they pray five times a day (42%) or attend mosque weekly (43%), according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey of US Muslims. According to popular belief, it is believed that the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan, and it has been acknowledged as the "best of times". Travellers, sick persons and women having their monthly periods are permitted to skip fasting, provided they fast later for a period equivalent to the number of obligatory days that they missed.

Eid al-Fitr, which means "festival of breaking the fast", marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

Before dawn to prepare for the next day of fasting, families often wake in the night for a light meal known as "suhoor", eating fruits and vegetables, or a small dish with beans, lentils, bread or rice.

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