Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Month of Ramadan fasting for many Muslims begins Monday

Month of Ramadan fasting for many Muslims begins Monday

As Muslims across the globe begin observing the holy month of Ramazan from either Monday or Tuesday, several world leaders have conveyed their wishes to the community for a peaceful and blessed holy month. It is a three-day festival also called the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

Research shows that the the prevalence of eating disorders in the Western world is higher than that of non-Western countries, but Muslim women are just as susceptible to bulimia and anorexia, regardless of their cultural background or where they grew up.

Each month ends with 29 or 30 days maximum.

Madam Halimah also took the time to correct certain misconceptions about the season - for instance, whether Muslims can swallow their saliva while fasting.

Saudi Arabia employs the use of technology in looking out for the new moon. Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims except for pregnant ladies, breastfeeding mothers, chronically ill, diabetic and menstruating ones.

Millions of Muslims on Sunday will offer their first special evening Ramadan prayer called Tarawih, which will then continue throughout the holy month.

Ramadan literally means "scorching heat" in Arabic, and marks the month when the Quran is said to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God via the archangel Gabriel in 610 AD.

Egyptians follow the tradition of the "fanoos", a Ramadan lantern that is often the centerpiece at an iftar table or seen hanging in shop windows and from balconies. While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialized.

A Pakistani vendor sells dates at a market in Karachi on May 5, 2019, in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The council also announced that the first day Eid al-Fitr is June 4.

The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship as Muslims ask to have their prayers answered during "Laylat al-Qadr" or "the Night of Destiny".

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