Bahrain, Saudi say Ramadan will begin on Thursday

Bahrain, Saudi say Ramadan will begin on Thursday

As Muslims in Nigeria set to join their counterparts the world over to observe the holy month of Ramadan, 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 on Wednesday. During this time, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a form of spiritual cleansing, self-discipline and empathy for the less fortunate.

"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadhan Kareem".

Determining the first day of Ramadan always creates confusion among Muslims immigrants living in foreign countries, especially in Europe and the United States. He also highlighted that there are many health benefits to fasting in Ramadan, as it allows for toxins in the body to be replaced.

Academics and students on the University's Sport and Exercise and Nutrition courses, including Dr Huda Al-Kateb, Dr Matt Cole and PhD researcher Ayaz Safi, have written up a guide featuring tips on nutrition, hydration and exercise to help people fasting for Ramadan to keep to a regular routine as much as possible.

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To prepare for the fast, Muslims eat what is commonly called "suhoor", a pre-dawn meal of power foods to get them through the day. "The worst thing for me is that ramadan is going to start, exactly when my gcse's [sic] start and they both last a whole month", one user wrote.

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court made a similar announcement saying Wednesday would be the 30th day of Sha'ban and Thursday would mark the start of Ramadan, according to Saudi Press Agency.

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calender known as the Hijri calendar. During the day, we work, sleep, continue with prayers, read the Quran, prepare for iftar and basically just try to be better people; because every good deed that Muslims do is said to have a greater reward during the month of Ramadan.

In one of his lectures in Shaqraa, Khudairy explained that the first lunar phase is the New Moon and it takes the moon 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.8 seconds to complete one cycle of this phase.

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The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship as Muslims seek to have their prayers answered during "Laylat al-Qadr" or "the Night of Destiny".

The month of Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, an auspicious day for Muslims across the globe.

After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served.

They are also forbidden from sexual relations, false speech or fighting, save for self defence and those who are pregnant, menstruating, breastfeeding, diabetic or old are exempt from fasting.

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