Saudi Arabia will observe the Ramadan fast on Thursday, May 17, as the crescent moon was not observable on Tuesday, the authorities announced in a statement.
The "night time of energy" or "night time of decree" is taken into account the holiest night time of the 12 months, as Muslims consider the primary revelation of the Koran was despatched all the way down to Muhammad on this night time. If the moon is sighted today, most of the Western Europe will begin fasting from tomorrow.
Muslims who fast during Ramadan abstain from eating, drinking and sex from dawn to dusk for the entire month. According to her, most people purchase beans to make "akara" (bean cake) and "moi-moi" (another local delicacy) for the fasting period.
In the program, Eissa repeatedly questioned the necessity of fasting in Ramadan, saying that "Fasting is considered a sovereign decision, Allah (God) commanded us, yet we are not informed on the wisdom behind fasting".
Iftaar time is for water, dates and well-balanced meals - It is traditional for Muslims to break their fast with a date, which has scientific benefits. While Ramadan is a boon for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is increasingly becoming commercialised.
As per Islamic tradition, Muslims read one-thirtieth of the holy book each day of Ramadan. Official decision by Central Moon Sighting Committee Pakistan, Religious Affairs Ministry Bangaldesh and Central Moon Sighting Committee New Delhi is expected soon after Salate Maghrib Wednesday evening. It is the most holy month in the calendar for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan.
And at the end of the long, spiritual journey, Muslims celebrate with Eid al-Fitr.
As the holiest month of the year, it is a crucial period for practising Muslims and underpins some of the religion's core values, such as prayer and giving to charity.
Emeka Ndubuisi, a beans seller at Oyingbo, said the Ramadan season was also a factor that contributed to the increase in the price of beans.
They are also forbidden from sexual relations, false speech or fighting, save for self defence and those who are pregnant, menstruating, breastfeeding, diabetic or old are exempt from fasting.
The celebration is also dependent on the new moon, so its starting day varies each year from country to country, Al Jazeera reported. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by the short congregational prayer.More news: Plane Crash Described As Dark Day For Offaly