Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Egyptians to start Ramadan fasting on Thursday

Egyptians to start Ramadan fasting on Thursday

While the Qur'an prohibits the waging of war during Ramadan, extremist branches of the faith have historically interpreted exemptions to this rule in the second surah as an encouragement of jihadist attacks and martyrdom. Longest fasting takes place In Iceland's capital Reykjavik with 19 hours and 43 minutes, followed by Finland's capital Helsinki with 18 hours and 47 minutes, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen with more than 18 hours.

Those that do not sight it are to complete the thirtieth day of Sha'baan and automatically start Ramadan the next day - in this case on Thursday May 17, 2018.

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, including numerous thousands of Muslims in Rochester - according to one estimate, as many as 1 in 13 city residents practices Islam - and the public is invited to join or watch prayer observances and other related events this month.

Muslims around the world are set to mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn until sunset.

Muslims believe that Allah gave the first verses of the Quran to Prophet Mohammed during the month in 610. The fasting goes on from dawn until sunset. The fasting process is known as "Sehri" and the meal to break the fast is called 'Iftar'.

Determining the first day of Ramadan always creates confusion among Muslims immigrants living in foreign countries, especially in Europe and the United States.

"A total of $1 million in humanitarian aid will be delivered during the month of Ramadan via our TIKA office in Ramallah", Cavusoglu said.

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Others who may not fast include pregnant or lactating women whose babies may be harmed, women in their menstrual period or having postpartum bleeding and others in situations that require them to be in their best physical condition (i.e. soldiers on guard duty).

The timings of Ramadan change every year depending on the sighting of the new moon.

"It's still part of the charitable nature of Ramadan", Enchassi said.

"Being a minority religion is always challenging, and it's rewarding at the same time", Enchassi said.

We may have encountered at least one of our Muslim friends who might have expressed the fact that swallowing saliva can break the fast.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques. According to her, most people purchase beans to make "akara" (bean cake) and "moi-moi" (another local delicacy) for the fasting period.

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