Tehran, May 15: Muslims in the Middle East countries — Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Iran and others — will witness the crescent moon today on May 15. The people of Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Iran and other Middle East countries, who have been waiting for the holy month of Ramadan to begin, will try to catch a glimpse of the crescent moon tonight. India.com will be running live news updates on moon sighting in Middle East countries, stay with us for the minute to minute updates. Also Read - 'Bikinis Necessary Due to Heat': German Beach Volleyball Stars Boycott Qatar Event Over Bikini Ban
With the crescent moon sighting, the Islamic month Ramzan will begin and the Muslims, across the countries, will keep fasts from dawn to dusk. The holy fasting will continue for a month till the moon for Shawal month is sighted. The Middle East countries include Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. Also Read - Husband Takes Romantic Selfie With Pregnant Wife, Then Pushes Her Off 1000-Ft Cliff to Her Death
Ramadan 2018 Date: If the moon is sighted tonight in the Middle East countries, the fasting for Ramadan or Ramzan will begin from tomorrow, May 16, morning. As the end of the month approaches, Muslims buy new clothes for themselves and to gift to the relatives and the loved ones. The markets resemble brides for a whole month with people buying new clothes and trying Ramzan-special delicacies. With the end of the holy month of Ramzan, the new month of Shawal will begin. Also Read - 'Pained to See Muslims Being Painted as Anti-Hindus': Chennai Muslim Businessman Donates Rs 1 Lakh For Ram Temple
Why do people fast during Ramadan? The fast of Ramadan is kept to get closer to Allah. Muslims keep a day-long fast which begins before the crack of dawn and ends after the sunset. Before the crack of dawn, Muslims consume Sehri, a meal taken to start the day, and Iftar after the sunset to break the fast. The purpose of the fast is not to remain hungry because it has been dictated but to attain purity and get closer to Allah.