Muslims around the globe observe fasting as the holy month of Ramadhan begins

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Night sky landscape mosque silhouette, Crescent moon stars, Ramadan Kareem celebration.

The Muslim world is fasting today on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan after last night’s crescent moon observation.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced last night that the month of Ramadhan would be observed on Tuesday today after the new crescent moon was observed in the country.

The Federal government of Somalia has last night also announced that today Tuesday would be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in all parts of Somalia.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims are expected to perform the holy month of Ramadan worldwide.

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and observed by all Muslims around the globe as a month of fasting (SAWM), prayer, supplication and reflection.

During the entire month of Ramadhan, Muslims are obligated to fast, every day from dawn to sunset. Fasting requires the abstinence from food and drink.

Fasting the month of Ramadhan was made obligatory during the month of Sha‘bān, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Makkah to Madīnah.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI