Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump's Ramadan Message: Muslims Add 'Richness' to 'Religious Tapestry of American Life'

Trump's Ramadan Message: Muslims Add 'Richness' to 'Religious Tapestry of American Life'

The Grand Mufti said Ramadan will start on Thursday, as the crescent moon by which the start of the Islamic holy month is measured, was not observed on Tuesday.

The Rev. Shannon Fleck, acting executive director of Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC), urged Christians to take advantage of Ramadan as an opportunity to increase interfaith understanding with Oklahoma's Muslim community. The month of Ramadan is a self-exercise in restraint. An attack on Turkey under its Islamist president Recep Erdogan could positively influence his chances at reelection, as the president has historically performed better when elections follow attacks in the country. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17. So we can feel what the less fortunate feel every day and so we can be better people.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Across the world, Muslims observe Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, intercourse and other activities considered worldly, from sunrise to sunset.

Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

"Typically, people will break their fast at sunset, they'll have a little meal and then go to the mosque for evening prayer".

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Evacuees in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities have renewed their call for government to allow them to come home and spend Ramadan fast in this war-torn Islamic city.

And at the end of the long, spiritual journey, Muslims celebrate with Eid al-Fitr. While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialized.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan Wednesday. The first day of fasting month is confirmed depending on the moon sighting. This time of year, observant Muslims here would have to eat before 3:40 a.m. Exceptions are made for people for health or medical reasons.

The common greetings during the month are "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem", wishing the recipient a "blessed" and generous Ramadan.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques.

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