U.S. wishes Muslims happy, prosperous Ramadan

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

Party City, the party supply store, says it has become the first national retail chain in the U.S.to offer a range of decorations for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which ends the Ramadan fast. The start date of Ramadan is determined by both Lunar calculations as well as physical sighting of the moon.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs which announced the sighting of the crescent moon marking the start of the Islamic month.

"In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Thursday accordingly".

Initially most of the Muslim majority countries followed the dates set for Ramadan by Saudi Arabia Authorities.

Muslims are also urged to exercise restraint in their thoughts and actions, to express empathy for those less fortunate and to get closer in their religious practice to God. It is also a chance to kick addictions like caffeine and cigarettes.

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.

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Fasting during Ramadan is mandated among physically and mentally sane Muslims in fulfillment of one of the five pillars of Islam.

Meanwhile, 65% of the American Muslims who stated that religion is "somewhat important" fast during the holy month.

The period of Ramadan is now upon us and Muslims across the world face a long period of abstinence leading up to Eid al-Fitr.

However, young children, pregnant women, the elderly or ill do not have to fast to avoid potential health problems.

Before dawn to prepare for the next day of fasting, families often wake in the night for a light meal known as "suhoor", eating fruits and vegetables, or a small dish with beans, lentils, bread or rice.

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