Buhari greets Muslims on Ramadan fast

17 May 2018, 01:25 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Ramadan Mubarak

"In the spirit of Ramadan, I want to enjoin Muslims in Nigeria to maximise the spiritual and physical benefits associated with the holy month as well as assimilate the Ramadan's ethical principles of sharing, caring, love, tolerance and piety". A new month in the Islamic lunar calendar begins with a sighting of the moon on 29th of the prevailing month. Moreover, they are also instructed to avoid sinful behaviour such as insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, which may negate the reward of fasting.

Ndirangwa told The Observer recently that when Muslims fast, they get closer to God and also become more compassionate to those in need.

During the entirety of Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final day, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh normally begin Ramzan fasting a day later than Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people traveling.

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This trend is further explained by the American fact tank, insisting that although 42% of Muslims in the US pray five times a day and only 43% of them attend mosques weekly, Ramadan remains the second-most-observed of Islam's Five Pillars. Many donate their annual charity, known as "zakat", during Ramadan.

Every night after praying the fifth prayer (Isha), it is sunnah (an act of the prophet Muhammad), to pray Taraweeh.

"Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends, " Pompeo said.

The U.S. has a growing Muslim population, estimated to total 3.45 million at the moment, but surveys have shown that many still don't believe the religion is accepted in the American mainstream. In the Middle East, worshippers pack mosques for nightly prayers before heading home to watch Ramadan television specials. This year's 30-day fasting period will end with Eid al Fitr on or about June 16, depending on the sighting of the moon. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed.



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