Riyadh, May 15: Muslims in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf countries will look for the crescent moon tonight. If the moon is sighted, Ramadan 2018 will begin in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Palestine, Iran and other countries of the Middle East. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims throughout the Kingdom to sight the moon of Ramadan 2018. Along with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the crescent moon would also be searched on Tuesday evening (May 15) in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
Ramadan 2018 Date: If the moon is sighted on Tuesday evening, fasting for Ramadan will begin from Wednesday, May 16 in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. If not sighted, Shaban month will complete 30 days and Ramadan will begin from Thursday, May 17. A new month in Islamic lunar calendar begins with the sighting of the moon on 29th of every month. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days. Muslims in the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and other European countries follow Saudi Arabia moon reports.
Why do Muslims Fast in Ramadan 2018? During Ramadan, Muslims observe dawn-to-dusk fast. They eat Sehri, which is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting, and break their fast at Iftar, the evening meal consumed to break the fast at the sunset. Observing fast during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. Muslims skip food from dawn (Fajr) to dusk (Maghrib) during this month. Ramadan is not about being hungry but the real purpose is to attain purity and piousness in order to be closer to Allah.