Fasting during month of Ramadhan is mandated among physically and mentally sane Muslims in fulfillment of one of the five pillars of Islam.
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. If the moon is sighted on 29th, the new month begins the next day.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar urged for Muslims to practice spiritual reflection as the season of Ramadan begins. In this blessed month, let's take the opportunity to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties by performing activities together such as having the pre-dawn and break fast meals, as well as the night prayers as a family.
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Ndirangwa told The Observer recently that when Muslims fast, they get closer to God and also become more compassionate to those in need.
The main goal of keeping fast is to get closer to the Almighty Allah.
This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Ahmad Sentamu, the head communications Hear Uganda said, they are going to donate about 1,500 packages of food worth about Shs 100m to the poor in different parts of the country since donation is the best worship during Ramadan.
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Sending separate messages of congratulations to their counterparts in Islamic countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian First Vice-President Es'hagh Jahangiri extended felicitations on the onset of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court made a similar announcement saying Wednesday would be the 30th day of Sha'ban and Thursday would mark the start of Ramadan, according to Saudi Press Agency. This month of Ramadan is regarded as the holiest month of them all.
"As we welcome the holy month of Ramadan, it is such a special month for the Muslims as it is also the month in which the Qur'an was revealed as a guidance for the entire mankind".
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