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Ramadhan begins from today

Ramadhan begins from today
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Srinagar: Ramadhan will begin on Thursday in J&K as the moon marking the beginning of the holy month has been sighted.

The grand mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din announced that the moon has been sighted. “We have received ample testimonies,” he said, adding the holy month will begin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that Ramazan moon, 1439 Hijri, has been sighted and the first day of the holy month of fasting will begin on Thursday, May 17, 2018, reports said.

The announcement was made by Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman.

The evidences of moon sighting were received from  Buner, Swat, Lower Dir and other parts of Pakistan.

The Islamic holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan will begin from May 17, 2018, as the Shahi Imam from Saudi Arabia has officially announced the commencement of the holy month, several reports suggest. Meanwhile, the moon has been sighted in Chennai, reportedly and the Rozas (fasts) will be observed for a 30-day period which begins from Thursday.

Ramzan or Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and holds a great significance for the Muslim community across the globe. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

According to many beliefs, this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts for about 29–30 days (usually a month) based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

Ramadan word has Arabic root rami?a or ar-rama?, which means scorching heat or dryness. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month. Thus, the people practise fasting in this month to purify their souls and seek forgiveness from the Almighty Allah.

All those who are fasting during daytime and are allowed to eat only after sunset. However, there are certain parameters and some are given the relaxation of not keeping the fast the entire day. People who suffer from any illness, or those who are travelling, elderly people, pregnant women and those going through their menstrual cycle are barred from keeping a fast.

Thus, people celebrate the festival lavishly by wearing new clothes, offering Namaz, eating together after sunset and greeting ‘Ramazan Mubarak’ which completes on the day of Eid!

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