Ramadan is a 30-day period of fellowship and "social revival and an educational month that focuses our soul toward the creator, and toward creation", Enchassi said.
"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadan Kareem, " Pompeo said.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk.
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Fasting for the whole day can be a more gruelling experience for some depending on where they live.
He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed. "Therefore we are announcing the Ramadan will start on the 17 of May, Thursday".
The Grand Mufti said Ramadan will start on Thursday, as the crescent moon by which the start of the Islamic holy month is measured, was not observed on Tuesday.
The United States has felicitated Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan as the holy month begins.
Muslims start Ramadan tomorrow
Fasting is the religious duty of all Muslims and it means not letting anything pass or even touch the lips. "May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member.
For some days, the search for Ramadan date this year has been on the rise on the internet.
The vacation of Eid al-Fitr marks the top of Ramadan and the start of the following lunar month. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people traveling. Muslims in these countries like their fellows elsewhere will look for the crescent moon this evening which will determine the beginning of Ramadan month.
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.
Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims as it is regarded to be the month that the holy Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
"That's obviously challenging this time of year", Hasan says.
Muslims during Ramadan generally greet each other saying, "Ramadan mubarak!" and Sunni Muslims go to the mosque at night to offer prayers, the practice is known as "taraweeh".