Ramadan 2017 Fasting To Start Friday May 26 - Chief Imam

Posted May 28, 2017

Effectively, devout Muslims will have Sehri on the wee hours of Sunday to begin the holy month of Ramadan, at the end of which Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed.

The holy month of Ramadan sees fasting from sunrise to sunset. The actual word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means extreme heat or dryness.

Since Ramadan is part of a lunar calendar, its date annually changes on the Gregorian calendar.

"The reason that Ramadan begins approximately 10 days earlier than the previous year is due to the difference in the lunar calendar (which Muslims follow)". If the moon is not visible, the month will last 30 days.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, preacher and President of the International Union of Muslim scholars in a meeting with scholars from different parts of the Muslim world in the capital of Qatar said: "Saudi Arabia's meeting with the President of the US and the Islamic world and Arab country is disrespect to the superiority of the Islamic world and Islamic civilization and is considered to be an unfounded measure".

Fasting during the holiday is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, along with the daily prayer, declaration of faith, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As mentioned in the holy book, Quran, Muslims, during this month, are supposed to donate alms to the poor and feed the hungry.

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, Oman Air has reintroduced its signature Iftar boxes on select flights to and from the Gulf region. However, they can still estimate the day beforehand.

However, he said if the moon is not sighted on Thursday, Saturday May 27 will automatically be the first day of Ramadan 2017. After the feast, Muslims prayer a special prayer each night called Taraweeh. Muslims are not permitted to eat or drink as soon as the sun rises until dusk throughout the month. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during Ramadan. 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.

Some interpreters also consider intense hunger and thirst as well as compulsion (someone threatening another to do something) exceptions.

At the heart of Ramadan season is patience and perseverance - sabr - that pushes one beyond his limits when the fast seems too long and the body feels too weak.

Ramadan is an important religious festival during which Oman Air is committed to showcasing its Middle Eastern hospitality to all its Muslim and non-Muslim guests.