Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sultan Announces Thursday Beginning Of Ramadan Fasting

Sultan Announces Thursday Beginning Of Ramadan Fasting

"Consequent upon this, Thursday, May 17, 2018 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1439 after Hijra", he said.

Apart from being a traditional event, Commission on Elections chief of Judicial Records Division Dr. Saga Mabaning said that moon sighting is a significant event for Muslims nationwide as "it shows that they are one in conducting their religious rites just like the Christians who are united in performing their religious activities". The month of Ramadan concludes with Eid al-Fitr, an auspicious day for Muslims across the globe.

Sri Lanka Muslims begins Ramadan Fast on Friday-18 May, while majority of the Muslims world over begins their fast on Thursday - 17th May.

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The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said.

Islam's holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide during which they abstain from food, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk.

In a statement to mark the commencement of this year's Ramadan, the Speaker also enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, self-discipline, tolerance, righteousness and sympathy for the less privileged in the society which the Ramadan fast teaches and promotes.

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The President prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.

Fayemi added, "We all must be grateful to Allah for being alive to witness another Ramadan season". It is important to use the opportunity of the fasting to pray and seek the face of Allah for peace and progress of our dear country.

"I would like to extend my most honest congratulations on the advent of Ramadan, the month of arrival of Quran and the month of prayers for God", reads the opening of his letter sent in separate messages to the speakers of the parliaments of Islamic countries.

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