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Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday

16 May 2018

The first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramazan will most likely be on Thursday, as Al-Arabiya news channel reported.

It is a period that the faithful undertake a dawn - dusk fasting which primarily entails abstinence from food, drink, marital intimacy and any such prohibitions as instructed by Allah (God). This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. "With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world, Trump said".

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Astronomers in Kuwait and Sharjah have also indicated May 17 will be the likely start date for the month of Ramadan.

The holy month begins with the sighting of the new moon based on the Islamic lunar calendar, after which the religious authorities of Muslim majority countries will declare the start of Ramadan. Roza is observed to attain purity and piousness in the month of Ramadan.

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Ramadan is a holy month that commemorates when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad. 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.

Fasting is one of Islam's five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise the holy month will begin on Thursday, May 17.

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At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic.

Malaysian Muslims to begin fasting Thursday