Ramadan to begin on Thursday May 17th! Ad will last up to June 15th 2018.
The Australian Muslim Council of Imams has declared that Ramadan will fall on Thursday May 17, 2018. In a circular issued on Tuesday, the council stated that “following extensive consultations with nationwide Islamic leaders and imams from the Australian National Imams Council Executive Committee and their representatives from all Australian states, the first night of the holy month of Ramadan and Taraweeh prayer – extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan – will be on Wednesday the 16th of May after Maghreb (sunset)”.
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations (Lebanon, Bahrain, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq and Jordan), joined this decision based on a moon-sighting methodology. That means Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the of dawn-to-dusk fasting on Thursday.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. The month of Ramadan is a happy occasion for Muslims; it is the Holy Month during which the Quran, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are called by their religion to celebrate the Ramadan by coming together in worship, fasting each day for 30 days from dawn until sunset.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense.
Pre-fast meals before dawn are referred to as Suhoor, while the post-fast breaking feasts after sunset are called Iftar. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers), recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity.
Ramadan is a time for community and charity. There are iftar dinners held at mosques every night (you are welcome to join the fun – even if you’re not fasting!) and night time prayer vigils throughout the month. Most of Muslims give charity in abundance and make an extra effort to partake in community service. Throughout it all, they maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with, and reflect on those in this world who have been given much less. This is a time for all of us – not just Muslims – to renew our spiritual intentions, increase our knowledge, and change ourselves for the better. Something similar to what should do spirit of Christmas.
Make it a little easier on Muslim people by following a couple of simple rules: http://www.dubayblog.com/ramadan-guide-for-non-muslims-in-dubai/
And – why not? – join this experience with your local friends, for example celebrating a real iftar with them (and not only a commercial dinner somewhere around).