Ramadan begins in Saudi Arabia ― Date, History, and Details

Ramadan begins in Saudi Arabia

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.

Fasting during Ramadan is fardh (obligatory), for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, are travelling, are pregnant, are breastfeeding, or are diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha’aban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina. Fatwas have been issued declaring that Muslims who live in regions with a natural phenomenon such as the midnight sun or polar night should follow the timetable of Mecca.

The length of fasting during Ramadan varies depending on the person, with some believing that it is best to fast for the entire month and others believing that it is better to start fasting gradually.

During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by abstaining from violence, anger, envy, greed, lust, backbiting and gossip. They are also expected to try to get along with others better than usual and to give more charity than usual.