RAMADAN is drawing to a close for Muslims across the world, which means Eid al-Fitr is upon us. In Saudi Arabia Eid is a significant public holiday, so the sighting of the moon which marks the festival's beginning is a major event. Here's what you need to know... Has the Eid al-Fitr moon sighting started? Eid al-Fitr officially begins with the sighting of the new moon after sunset, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Islam follows a lunar rather than a solar calendar - with the Eid festival falling on the first day of the 10th month of Shawwal. Many mark the new month only by seeing the crescent moon in the sky - with other Muslims following suit. However this can vary, with Iran abiding by a government announcement on when Eid starts. This year most Muslims will be observing the start of Eid on Friday, June 15, after the moon was finally officially sighted in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening. Eid begins the month of Shawwal, which starts with a feast to end the period … [Read more...] about Eid 2018 – has the Eid al-Fitr moon sighting happened and when will Eid start?
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World Eid al-Fitr ramadan Muslims holidays The end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is marked by the religious holiday of Eid a-Fitr in mid-June. Related: Ramadan Quotes 2018: Sayings About Fasting and the Muslim Holy Month When Eid al-Fitr takes place depends on the lunar cycle. This year, it will likely start on the evening of June 14, but the timing could change closer to the date contingent on crescent moon sightings. Some celebrations go on for as long as three days. The date shifts annually because the Islamic calendar revolves around the moon’s cycle, while the Gregorian calendar runs on the sun’s cycle. What's more, Muslims disagree on whether the lunar sighting counts when seen with the human eye, or with a telescope, or using mathematical calculations. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World 51 The … [Read more...] about When Does Ramadan 2018 End? Eid al-Fitr Marks Culmination of Muslims’ Fasting Month
World Gaza Palestine ramadan Hamas Israel Jerusalem Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating one of the holiest occasions in Islam just days after they suffered through their bloodiest day in years amid more than six weeks of ongoing protests against Israel and the U.S. The coastal Palestinian enclave of Gaza is almost entirely Muslim and believers officially began observing the holiday on Thursday, when the young crescent moon finally appeared after initially being forecast for Tuesday or Wednesday. The roughly month-long holiday requires Muslims to fast during the day and arrives just as protests surrounding two controversial events amassed a total of some 62 dead and thousands more injured, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. Nearly twice that many have died since the protests began in late March. The bloodshed is only the latest blow to Gaza, which is flanked by two heavily-guarded and seldom-opened borders between Israel and Egypt. United Nations … [Read more...] about How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As if It ‘Has Not Yet Come’
Muslims across the world are marking the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The timing of Ramadan varies in different countries depending on the sighting of the new moon, which marks the start of the month in the Islamic calendar. Traditionally, the month begins the evening after authorities in each country announce that their moon-sighting council has spotted the crescent moon. Around the world, believers go to mosques to offer special prayers to mark the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Each day for the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. Even a sip of water, coffee or a cigarette can invalidate the fast. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, or people traveling during Ramadan. Many break their fast by gathering with family and friends at sunset for 'Iftar,' the first meal of the day. Charities often … [Read more...] about Ramadan Mubarak! Muslims Around the World Celebrate Holy Fasting Month
By Mohamed Zaki CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian soccer star Mohammed Salah set a scoring record this season that helped Liverpool clinch fourth place in the Premier League. Now pictures of his bearded face are boosting sales ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Manufacturers have plastered his image on traditional Ramadan products ranging from pillows to lanterns “famous” and paper cut-outs as they try to cash in on his success to offset economic hardships caused by the government’s financial reforms. “The Mohamed Salah lantern is the highest selling lantern this year,” said Essam, a shopkeeper, who did not give his last name. Other shopkeepers at a market in Cairo’s Sayeda Zainab neighbourhood said “Salah mania” was also helping them sell. Salah scored 44 goals in 51 games in his debut campaign and last week won the Football Writers Association award. Next month, the 25-year-old will lead Egypt’s first team for 28 years at … [Read more...] about Egyptians use mania over soccer star Salah to sell Ramadan products