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Iman Wissam Abdul Baki addresses those attending the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts interfaith event and dinner during Ramadan

They abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan, with a single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette considered enough to invalidate the fast.

She notes U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad fasted throughout her intense training sessions and so did many Muslim soccer players during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

If the Ramadan moon is sighted today, the Namaz-e-Taraweeh would begin from tomorrow.

Many pilgrims from around the world travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for Umrah - a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year - during Ramadan.

Fasting is meant to bring Muslims closer to Allah and remind them of those less fortunate.

"The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong)".

As the holy month approaches, the Sultan urged Nigerian Muslims to pray for the country and utilize the benefits and blessings of the holy month.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain's moon sighting authorities have announced that Ramadan will begin on Thursday May, 17.

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He shared his thoughts, which were backed with the Quran, in Abuja at a pre-Ramadan lecture on "Muslims and Nation Building" organized jointly by Organisation of Tadhamunul Muslimeen (OTM) and The Muslim Congress (TMC), Daily Trust reports.

The Holy Month is expected to start on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This includes most children before they reach puberty, elderly people and the sick, travellers and women who are breastfeeding or menstruating.

Ramadan is also a time for feasting with family and friends.

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, including numerous thousands of Muslims in Rochester - according to one estimate, as many as 1 in 13 city residents practices Islam - and the public is invited to join or watch prayer observances and other related events this month.

Dr Ahdal said the UAE uses a mixture of traditional and modern methods by first using telescopes to try to spot the new moon and then, should a new moon be seen, increasing their efforts to sight the crescent with the naked eye. At this time of year, some television stations broadcast advertisements that bring attention to Muslims as an important part of United States society.

"The EId-Ul-Fitr day is the ending of Ramadan", explained Mahmood.

Muslims during Ramadan generally greet each other saying, "Ramadan mubarak!" and Sunni Muslims go to the mosque at night to offer prayers, the practice is known as "taraweeh". A night prayer, often lasting up to an hour or longer, follows the break in fasting.

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