Ramadan 2018 : Date and time – When does Holy month begin in India

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Ramadan 2018 : Date and time – When does Holy month begin in India

The holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan this year will commence from May 16 in India. It falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and holds a great significance for the Muslim community across the globe. Muslims will keep an eye out for the crescent moon on May 16, Wednesday which will determine the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan in India. Depending on the moon sighting, fasting for Ramadan in India will either begin from May 17 (Thursday) or May 18 (Friday). Notably, a new month in the Islamic lunar calendar begins the with a sighting of the moon on 29th of every month. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days.

Muslims will try to see the moon on 29th Shaban (May 16, Wednesday). If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from May 17, Thursday. If not sighted, Shaban will complete 30 days and Ramzan will begin from May 18, Friday. Check out Ramadan 2018 timetable for Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Srinagar and other metro cities here to know Sehri and Iftar timings for fasting. Ramzan in Saudi Arabia starts either from May 16, Wednesday if the moon is sighted on Tuesday, May 15 or May 17, Thursday if the moon is sighted on Wednesday, May 16.

Hholy Month of Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fast marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. According to many beliefs, this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting in Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam and is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. The fasting begins from sunrise and ends at sunset. During Ramadan, Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn Sehri meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fasts in the evening. The evening meals are known as Iftar. The month-long fasting ends on Id-ul-Fitr celebrations.The month lasts for about 29–30 days (usually a month) based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.


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