Trump's Ramadan Message: Muslims Add 'Richness' to 'Religious Tapestry of American Life'

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

"People much higher up the totem pole than me get to decide which day it is, but it's based on the moon sighting and the chances of seeing the moon".

"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadan Kareem, " Pompeo said.

Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting everyday for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

How do Muslims break their fast?

This year Ramazan (Ramadan) begins on the evening of Tuesday May 15 and ends on the evening of Thursday June 14.

Islamic scholars are firm that if the Ramadan moon is sighted in most parts of the Middle East today, then it would be viewed in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Indian subcontinent tomorrow.

He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed.

Students and academics at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have come up with a guide which aims to help people observing the month of Ramadan to make sure they eat right and look after their systems.

Saudi football players may not be allowed to consume sugary items such as these Palestinian sweets on display at a shop in Lebanon. Nabil Mounzer  EPA
Fasting month of Ramadan starts today

Some Muslim Americans say their work day seems longer because they have to carry out their religious duties during Ramadan. Children, pregnant women, elderly and unwell people and girls who are menstruating are allowed not to fast.

While Ramadan is an important period of reflection for Muslims, it's also become an important period of sharing their faith, to foster better relations with Oklahomans of other religious backgrounds - predominantly, their Christian neighbors.

Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, has seen Ramadan through both the Muslim and Christian perspective.

It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan.

Not only is the Ramadan considered as scared in Islam, it is also believed that the Quran was revealed to the Holy Prophet Mohammed during the month of Ramadan. Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Muslims interact in elevated prayer and charity throughout Ramadan.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast, perform acts of charity, recite prayers and read the Quran.

In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadan fasting would be more hard for Muslim constituents to observe, but their sacrifices are bound to earn more Divine rewards, according to Islamic scholars.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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