Egyptians to start Ramadan fasting on Thursday

Ramadan

Ramadan

Egypt's Mufti, the country's top religious authority, said in a televised speech that the holy month will start on Thursday in the most populous Arab country.

"Families and friends will reflect on the values at the heart of Ramazan, like compassion, gratitude, and generosity", Trudeau added.

The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

The month of Ramadan is observed in order to commemorate when Allah gave the first chapters of the holy book Quran to the prophet Muhammad. India.com will be running live news updates on moon sighting in Middle East countries, stay with us for the minute to minute updates.

Muslims fast from early in the morning, throughout the day until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, sex and all "sinful behaviour".

These three months are what determine when Muslims fast, break fast and perform pilgrimage.

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This annual observance is considered one of many 5 Pillars of Islam. They will be available to those travelling to and from the Gulf region, as well as Umrah groups heading to Jeddah and Medina during the month of Ramadan.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month.

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. 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.

The holy month will see numerous world's 1.6 billion Muslims commit to a strict daytime fast, often taking the opportunity to make promises to improve their lives.

The vacation of Eid al-Fitr marks the top of Ramadan and the start of the following lunar month. "Eid Mubarak" - "Happy Eid" is a common greeting.

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