Thursday marks 1st day of Ramadan: Dar al Iftaa

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In South Africa, the expectation always was that Ramadan would start on Thursday.

The committee is set to meet after prayers on the evening of Tuesday, May 15, at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, WAM said.

Muslims around the world are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, which will be determined by the sighting of the moon.

The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon.

Dr Ahdal said the UAE uses a mixture of traditional and modern methods by first using telescopes to try to spot the new moon and then, should a new moon be seen, increasing their efforts to sight the crescent with the naked eye.

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Before the fast Muslims consume Sehri.

In the cables, he wished for continued good health and well-being for the leaders and for further progress and prosperity for their nations.

Fasting in month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam and obligatory upon every Muslim as enshrined in the Holy Quran (Al-Baqarah 2:183-185). This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu in a statement yesterday quoted the Sultan as felicitating with Muslims on the occasion of this year's Ramadan fasting and prayed that Allah grant the Ummah the opportunity to maximize the benefits and blessings of the Holy Month. School hours will be shorter though.

Public sector hours will be 9am-2pm, and private sector hours will be reduced by two hours from normal working times.