Ramadan 2016: ABU DHABI // The first day of Ramadan will be on Monday, the UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee has announced.
“The holy month of Ramadan in the UAE for the Hijri year 1437 will begin tomorrow, Monday, June 6, 2016,” said a statement by the committee.
To mark the start of the holy month, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa sent cables to leaders of Arab and Muslim countries, reported state news agency Wam.
The UAE, Jordan and the Palestinian territories have also confirmed seeing the Ramadan moon crescent and declared Monday as the first day of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims.
Ramadan 2016: Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Ramadan 2016: More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset.
They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds.
Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to their prophet Mohammed during that month. Fasting the month of Ramadan is also one of the five pillars of Islam.
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