Riyadh, May 15: Ramadan 2018, the holiest month of Islamic lunar calendar, will begin either from May 16 (Wednesday) or May 17 (Thursday) in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, depending on the moon sighting. Muslims in Gulf countries will look for the crescent moon this evening which will determine the beginning of Ramadan month. Catch live updates on moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf countries to confirm the date for Ramadan 2018.
Ramadan 2018 Date: A new month under 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. Hence, If the moon is sighted this 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. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims throughout the Kingdom to look for the moon of Ramadan 2018 this evening.
Ramadan 2018: During this holy month Muslims do not eat or drink throughout daylight hours. Muslims wake up early morning before dawn known as Sehri to eat meals and then wait for evening, known as Iftar to break their fast. The fast is traditionally broken by eating dates and drinking water. Ramadan is not about being hungry but the real purpose is to attain purity and piousness in order to be closer to Allah. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is considered obligatory.