Millions of Muslims Begin Holy Month on May 17

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Talking numbers, the not-for-profit organization explains that 80% of U.S. Muslims said they fast Ramadan while 20% said no.

Egypt's Mufti, the country's top religious authority, said in a televised speech that the holy month will start on Thursday in the most populous Arab country.

Ramadan word has Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.

While describing Ramadan as a period for spiritual rejuvenation and enrichment, Dogara enjoined Nigerians to devote themselves in the worship of the Almighty and imbibe the lessons of love and peaceful co-existence with one another.

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ISIS has attempted to turn the time of atonement into a call for violence and bloodshed, even calling it the holy month for Jihad.

Ramadan, which is also called Ramzan, is observed by Muslims all around the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, as per the Islamic belief.

Speaking with News Power Now this morning he revealed that it has been the negative experiences in the past.

"On the night of Al-Qadr, people pray the whole night asking God for rewards and forgiveness of their sins", Ndirangwa said. The holy month will end between June 14 and June 16 in different parts of the world.

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Astronomers in Kuwait and Sharjah previously indicated May 17 will be the likely start date for the month. The moon has been sighted in Delhi, Chennai and Surat, reportedly.

What do Muslims do during Ramadan?

The period of Ramadan is now upon us and Muslims across the world face a long period of abstinence leading up to Eid al-Fitr.

At sundown, Muslims start eating their meals known as "iftar".

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In general, Muslims are expected to abstain from sexual activity, smoking, jealousy, anger, other negative thoughts as they practice self-control, purification, in order to get closer to Allah.

Fasting is considered obligatory in Islam, although there are exceptions for children, the elderly, the sick, those travelling and women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating.

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