Ramzan moon sighted, fasting to begin from today

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"In the name of the Ulema sector and by the authority vested upon me as NCR Mufti, I hereby declare that we didn't see the moon today therefore tomorrow is not the first day of Ramadan, it will begin on Thursday, 17th of May 2018", National Capital Region Mufti AleemNaquibTaher said during a moon-sighting event Tuesday night. And far more women fast during Ramadan (82%) than wear the head cover, or hijab, at least most of the time (43%).

In conflict-affected areas like Palestine and Marawi City, the lone Islamic community in the Philippines, Ramadan fasting would be more hard for Muslim constituents to observe, but their sacrifices are bound to earn more divine rewards, according to Islamic scholars. 79% of USA born Muslims fast while 80% of the ones born overseas do the same thing.

The U.S. has a growing Muslim population, estimated to total 3.45 million at the moment, but surveys have shown that many still don't believe the religion is accepted in the American mainstream.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity - known as "zakat" - and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah. The month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the lunar (Islamic) calendar; in which Almighty Allah instructed all Muslim Faithful to observe a month of fasting.

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The Ramadan fast, in which even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere. Aside from those who are ill or traveling, Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink and sexual relations during daylight hours throughout the month.

Ramadan is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins. Before the crack of dawn, Muslims consume Sehri, a meal taken to start the day, and Iftar after the sunset to break the fast.

Because the celebration will begin late, this will mean Eid Al-Fitr will most likely begin on Friday, June 15 to mark the breaking of the fast.

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