Ramadan 2018: Breaking down misconceptions around the holy month

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Ramadan 2018: Breaking down misconceptions around the holy month

"People much higher up the totem pole than me get to decide which day it is, but it's based on the moon sighting and the chances of seeing the moon". The moon-sighting committee is still in meeting and an official announcement is being awaited by them.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Wednesday, and members of Oklahoma's Muslim community are working to increase interfaith understanding during the month-long observance.

For most Muslims, the guidelines for observing Ramadan state no food nor drink can pass the lips after daybreak and before nightfall.

It must be noted, however, that failing to fast during the period constitutes an infraction that could also be a crime in some Muslim countries.

This year Ramazan (Ramadan) begins on the evening of Tuesday May 15 and ends on the evening of Thursday June 14. "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness".

They are also encouraged to engage in more charity work while they fast to bring them closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the less fortunate.

The tithe must be paid during the month of Ramadan.

The faithful in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and others prayed the holy month's first taraweeh, a special nightly prayer and one of the hallmarks of Ramadan, on Wednesday.

The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday on Saudi Arabia and adjoining Gulf region.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast", is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people traveling.

Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, has seen Ramadan through both the Muslim and Christian perspective.

Muslims also celebrate an evening of utmost importance called Laylat al-Qadr, known in English as the "Night of Power", which happens to be the night when the first revelation of the Quran was received by Muhammad.

As an adult, he doesn't miss an opportunity to share his faith with others, and Ramadan is an important period of reflection and growth each year.

"That's obviously challenging this time of year", Hasan says.

FILE - Abdul Barek Hajji, a Bengali Muslim, reads the Koran while waiting for the Maghrib sunset prayer during Ramadan at the Abu Bakr Mosque in Flushing, New York, May 31, 2017.

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