NDC wishes Muslims well in this period of fasting and prayers (Statement)

Geneva Stokes
May 16, 2018

Muslims see the prayers as a chance to exchange Eid greetings and meet with their neighbours, family and friends.

Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. Where the new moon (that of Ramadan) is sighted on the 29th of Sha'baan (May 15), Muslims are expected to commence fasting the next day.

The announcement was made by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Abdul Azim Al Afifi on the council's official Facebook page.

During this month, Muslims across the globe observe fast (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad.

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. As of 9.30pm, the Moon-sighting committee was still in discussions. With the moon being sighted, fasting for an entire month, between dawn to dusk, would be obligatory for the believing Muslims from tomorrow.

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The UAE government has reduced working hours for the public and private sector for the holy month of Ramadan. 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.

To wish someone on Ramadan one says "Ramadan Kareem" which means "Have a Generous Ramadan" or simply "Ramadan Mubarak" meaning "Happy Ramadan".

They are also encouraged to engage in more charity work while they fast to bring them closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate.

While many students may likely be facing a similar dilemma, at least one sees the decision to not fast during exams as a personal - and nuanced - one.

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