USA wishes Muslims peaceful, blessed Ramadan

Doctors have urged Muslims to continue with eye drops during periods of fasting

With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world.

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Saudi moon-sighter Abdullah al-Khudairy, the director of the observatory of Majmaah University in Hautat Sudair, said the crescent can not be sighted if it sets before the sun, or of it sets after the sun within a certain timeframe in a certain place and if it happens that there's an eclipse. But while some students can turn to food to help boost their brains and protect them from stress, that's not necessarily an option for the Muslim students around the world whose exams coincide with Ramadan, which begins this week.

Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations, like Indonesia, declared Ramadan would not begin Wednesday based on a moon-sighting methodology and will likely begin fasting Thursday.

Here's everything you need to know about Ramadan, when does Ramadan end and what is Eid al-Fitr? "The council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast". However, many Muslims visit mosques on the last ten nights to read the Quran, pray and stay away from worldly affairs, an activity of seclusion known as itikaf. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling.

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As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is accompanied with increased spiritual reflection, worship and acts of charity.

During the entirety of Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final day, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk on Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and is considered a holy period.

Ramadan is also a time for feasting with family and friends. "The worst thing for me is that ramadan is going to start, exactly when my gcse's [sic] start and they both last a whole month", one user wrote.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

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