Muslims in Singapore to mark start of Ramadan on May 17
16 May, 2018, 13:50 | Author: Sheila Harris
It is marked during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, based on the moon and Ramadan will usually begin when the crescent moon is seen, marking the start of a new month. Because of the lunar calendar, the start of Ramazan moves backwards by about eleven days each year.
This was announced by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) on Tuesday (May 15).
All adult Muslims are obliged to fast, with the exception of the mentally disabled and ill ones who could worsen their health condition. Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government.
Muslims continue with work and school during Ramadan, though they are encouraged to inform their employer or teacher of the fact.
Fasting is one of the five fundamental tenets of Islam, which is compulsory for all Muslims except infants, the insane and the invalid.
The common greetings during the month is "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem", wishing the recipient a "blessed" and generous Ramadan.
The word Ramadan has Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad meaning scorching heat.
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).
Sighting the crescent to determine when the holy month of Ramadan begins is not the only moonsighting which concerns Muslims.
The celebration is also dependent on the new moon, so its starting day varies each year from country to country, Al Jazeera reported.
Why do Muslims quick throughout Ramadan?
"That devotion is reflected in the values of charity and empathy that are emphasized at this deeply spiritual time".
Muslims are anticipated to place extra effort into following the teachings of Islam and this contains fasting - which teaches individuals the right way to be extra self-disciplined and have empathy for these much less lucky.
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.
Along with abstaining from consuming and consuming, Muslims additionally improve restraint, akin to abstaining from sexual relations. Hence the fasting, to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm.
The consuming of dates normally breaks the quick at sunset.
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