Egyptians to start Ramadan fasting on Thursday

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Muslims across Leeds and the world will begin fasting for the annual period of Ramadan tonight. Children, pregnant women, elderly, girls who are menstruating and sick people are exempted from the fast.

It's that time of year again: 1.84 billion Muslims around the world will be welcoming the holy month of Ramadan with their first day of fasting on May 16.

Hilal, the crescent, is normally a day or extra after the astronomical new moon. On that day, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean at sunset, the elongation is 8 degrees and the moon is 5 degrees above the sun.

Students and academics at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have come up with a guide which aims to help people observing the month of Ramadan to make sure they eat right and look after their systems. The holiday will begin this Thursday and run through June 15, which will be a day without fasting, marked by prayers and charitable donations to those in need.

Saudi moon observers said that there was no sight of Ramazan crescent Tuesday.

The holy month of Ramadan will start on on Thursday 17 May in Egypt, the country's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam announced Tuesday evening.

The holy Ramadan 2018 month for Muslims may begin from May 17 in India.

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It is a time where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset, and in the U.S. that is approximately 16 hours of no food and water every day for a month.

Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting everyday for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

But how many hours of daytime fasting does it involve, taking up how many days?

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month.

Ramadan, which falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of prayer, reflection, and fasting from sunrise to sunset - all meant to bring those observing closer to God.

A typical greeting is Ramadan Mubarak, which implies "have a blessed Ramadan".

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.

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