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Start of Ramadan delayed as no confirmed moon sightings in North America

Start of Ramadan delayed as no confirmed moon sightings in North America”

Saudi Arabia said that the Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday, May 17, across the globe, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, May 15.

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 that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong)". 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.

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) also confirmed that the Ramadan moon was not sighted anywhere in Australia. The meat is served after sunset, when the daily fast ends.

"For the first time, azan (call to prayer) did not reverberate in down town Marawi on the first dawn of fasting", Malik Ganda, a Marawi resident recalled.

Sugary dates are traditionally eaten to break fast in the evening.

"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", the president said in a statement released by the White House.

Ramadan is a 30-day period of fellowship and "social revival and an educational month that focuses our soul toward the creator, and toward creation", Enchassi said.

Femi Odusanya, spokesperson of Mile 12 Market Perishable Food Traders Association, said it was imperative to train farmers to adopt modern technology in crop production, and empower them with funds. Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries of the Indian sub-continent will keep an eye out for the crescent moon this evening to determine the start of the fasting month.

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

Ramadan, the month-long fast for Muslims, begins this week and one Vancouver nutrition expert has some tips to help you maintain your health and fitness goals during the fast.

"We wish the Muslim community, here and overseas, a very blessed Ramadan".

Muslims during Ramadan generally greet each other saying, "Ramadan mubarak!" and Sunni Muslims go to the mosque at night to offer prayers, the practice is known as "taraweeh".



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