Members of the Malaysian Islamic Authority perform "Rukyah Hilal Ramadan," the sighting of the new moon to mark the beginning of the holy month of fasting Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday, May 1
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Recent preparations are underway Muslims around the world are buying food and dating for dinner to fast in Ramadan from morning to night
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim populations, such as Egypt and Indonesia, said Ramadan would start on Thursday on a moon sifting method. Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon sifting method can cause different countries to separate the beginning of Ramadan a day or two.
Some mosques in the US have already declared the beginning of the fast on Wednesday, others start on Thursday.
Ramadan fasting, in which food and even water is forbidden, is supposed to bring believers closer to God and remind them of the less fortunate. It is also a chance to enter addictions such as caffeine and cigarettes.
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