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Nigerian Muslims, others start Ramadan Thursday

May 25 2018, 03:01 | Irvin Gilbert

Fasting month of Ramadan starts today

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In fact, more Muslim adults say they fast during Ramadan than say they pray five times a day (42%) or attend mosque weekly (43%), according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey of US Muslims. For instance, similar shares of Muslim men and women (77% vs. 82%) say they fast, and there is little difference between Muslims who were born in the United States and immigrants (79% vs. 80%).

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Ramadan is a special time in the region, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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Ramadan is a sombre period of spiritual reflection, daylight fasting and increased charitable behaviour for Muslims. According to popular belief, it is believed that the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan, and it has been acknowledged as the "best of times".

A street vendor sells dates ahead of the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Ramazan 2018: Holy month of fasting starts in Gulf and far East countries from May 17

Nearly the majority of U.S. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, reveals American fact tank Pew Research in an article published Tuesday. "You won't be able to find it anywhere in Islam that allows a Muslim to kill another Muslim, therefore, these attacks are prohibited and especially in the holy month of Ramadan it is completely forbidden".

The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday, May 17, it was announced today.

During the day, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, sex, gossip and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.

Muslims wake up before dawn, which is known as Sehri, to eat their first meal of the day.

Fasting is obligatory for all Muslims except the mentally disabled, elderly, ill people, pregnant or lactating women, women in their menstrual period and young children. Once sehri is done, people observe fast for the whole day and break it with iftar, which is the evening meal.

Because the celebration will begin late, this will mean Eid Al-Fitr will most likely begin on Friday, June 15 to mark the breaking of the fast.

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