Muslims start Ramadan, advised to help poor

Muslims start Ramadan, advised to help poor

Mufti of Singapore, Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, through a press release issued by Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) yesterday, said, "According to astronomical calculations, the new moon for the month of Ramadan was unlikely to be seen above the horizon of Singapore at sunset this evening, as the moon had set earlier".

This process is followed as per the tradition of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

Southeast Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and others will be sighted today corresponding to 29th of Shaban in the region.

Fasting for Ramadan is common across all the demographic groups that make up America's 3.45 million Muslims.

Muslims believe that the first verses of the Quran were revealed on a night known as the Laylat al-Qadr or the "Night of Power" in English.

Muslims across the United States will mark the start of Ramadan, a holy month that involves daily fasting and prayers, on Tuesday.

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Muslims start Ramadan, advised to help poor

Ramadan also is observed by most of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims, according to a Pew Research Center report published in 2012.

With the rising of tonight's moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. Among Muslims who say religion is "somewhat important", two-thirds (65%) say they fast. Since this year's Ramadan begins before the summer solstice, the fasting period will get longer as the month goes on.

Reminding Muslims the month's special place in Islam, Sheikh Muhammad- Amin called on the faithful to join efforts in rehabilitating displaced citizens, and maintaining their support.

In March, Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences said Ramadan would likely fall on May 17 with Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the month, expected on June 15.

This trend is further explained by the American fact tank, insisting that although 42% of Muslims in the US pray five times a day and only 43% of them attend mosques weekly, Ramadan remains the second-most-observed of Islam's Five Pillars. Muslim families throughout our country often wake up together before the break of dawn to have their meal.

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