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Saudi Arabia Officially Announces Ramadan To Begin On Thursday

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(CTN NEWS) – Based on the anticipated sighting of the crescent moon, Muslim authorities in Saudi Arabia and a number of other Middle Eastern nations predict that the fasting month of Ramadan will start on Thursday this year.

The moon was not visible Tuesday night, according to clerics in the area, which means the month-long observance will begin when it does the following evening.

Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and having sex from dawn to dusk throughout Ramadan. The fast can be broken with just a small sip of water or a puff of smoke.

Family and friends get together at night for a festive meal.

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Ramadan 2023 To Begin On Thursday

The purpose of the fasting is to draw the faithful closer to God and to make them aware of the suffering of the underprivileged.

Muslims are supposed to perform their daily prayers exactly as prescribed and to reflect more deeply on their religion. Also, they are admonished not to engage in gossip, argument, or swearing throughout the holy month.

One of Islam’s five pillars, fasting, is a requirement for all halal Muslims. However, there are exceptions for people with illnesses and for nursing or pregnant women. It is not expected that young children fast.

Ramadan starts about a week and a half early every year since Islam uses the lunar calendar.

Muslims rejoice in the festive Eid al-Fitr celebration at the conclusion of Ramadan, when kids frequently receive new clothes and presents.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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