Egypt's Dar Al Iftaa revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the first day of the holy month of Ramadan will be on Thursday، May 17.
The statement read: “Wednesday، May 16، 2018 is the last day of Sha'ban، and Thursday، May 17 is the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Noteworthy، Ramadan is a holy month of fasting، introspection and prayer for Muslims، the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam، according to History Cable network.
Each day during Ramadan، Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior.
Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends، and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr، one of Islam’s major holidays.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar، a lunar calendar that’s based on the phases of the moon. The lunar calendar falls short of the solar calendar by 11 days.
As a result، Ramadan doesn’t start on the same date each year and instead، over time، passes through all the seasons. Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of what became the Quran.
Ramadan 2017 begins at sunset on May 26، and ends on June 25; the following year، Ramadan 2018 will begin at sunset on May 15.
During Ramadan، Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. They are supposed to avoid eating، drinking، smoking and other activity، as well as unkind or impure thoughts and words، and immoral behavior.
Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan; however، some also read the entire Quran، say special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time.
All Muslims who have reached puberty and are in good health are required to fast. The sick and elderly، along with travelers، pregnant women and those who are nursing are exempt، although they are supposed to make up for the missed fast days sometime in the future or help feed the poor.
The first pre-dawn meal of the day during Ramadan is called “suhoor.” Each day’s fast is broken with a meal known as “iftar.” Traditionally، a date is eaten to break the fast. Iftars are often elaborate feasts celebrated with family and friends. The types of foods served vary according to culture.
The conclusion of Ramadan is marked with a major celebration known as Eid al-Fitr (or Eid ul-Fitr)، the Feast of Fast-Breaking. It starts the day after Ramadan ends and lasts for three days.
Eid al-Fitr includes special prayers and meals with friends and relatives، and gifts are often exchanged.