ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $200 million (£153.2 million) in aid to Yemen, to be spent during the month of Ramadan, the UAE's Minister of State for International Cooperation said on Monday. Both countries are working with humanitarian organizations to ensure the aid would be distributed in both Houthi and government-controlled areas, said Reem al-Hashimy at a press conference in Abu Dhabi. (Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi, Writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Hugh Lawson) … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge $200 million in aid to Yemen for Ramadan
THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, what date does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?
Tariq Ramadan in a 2012 file photo. Photo: AFP Tariq Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar held in France since February on charges of raping two women, was released on bail Friday after he persuaded judges he was not a flight threat. The 56-year-old Swiss academic, who took leave of his teaching post at Oxford University late last year to fight the rape claims, won bail on his fourth request to be freed from Fresnes prison near Paris. He denies charges he raped a disabled woman identified in media reports as "Christelle" in 2009 and a feminist activist, Henda Ayari, in 2012. But last month Ramadan was forced to rescind his claim he had no sexual contact at all with the women after an expert recovered 399 text messages between him and "Christelle", some of which detailed violent sexual fantasies. Ramadan subsequently admitted to what he called "consensual" sexual contact. The 56-year-old has also been accused of raping a woman in Switzerland but has yet to be formally charged in … [Read more...] about Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan released from French jail
Belgian police are only now investigating the case of a man who was put into a coma after being attacked for drinking during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, sixth months after the assault took place. The case dates back to May 20th, 2018, and saw a 39-year-old man in the commune of Saint-Josse, Brussels, drinking alcohol on the street during Ramadan. The man was approached by another individual, who he said became angry that he was drinking, who beat the man so brutally that he was in a coma for several weeks, newspaper La Dernière Heure reports.Six months on, and federal Belgian police are now investigating the assault and calling on members of the public to contact them with any potential details that could lead to the identification of the attacker. Police say the attack occurred at the crossing of rue de l’Ascension and rue Verte in Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode and added that it is likely the attacker is a local resident. The attack is not the first … [Read more...] about Six Months Later, Police Investigate Assault that Put Man Into Coma For Drinking During Ramadan