In UAE, the fasting period will last 14:52 hours at the beginning of Ramadan.
Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, May 17.
Ramadan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins.
The Ramadan fast falls during the long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity and performing the Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. Many donate their annual charity, known as “zakat,” during Ramadan.
In many Middle Eastern countries, the wealthy help distribute free meals for the poor, with mosques and volunteers passing out juice and food to pedestrians and anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, in need of the aid or simply breaking their fast. Worshippers pack mosques for night prayers before heading home to watch Ramadan television specials. Often, restaurants shutter their doors during the day.
With the scorching summer heat and a daily fasting period of about 15 hours, adapting to the changes in eating habits and daily routine might affect different people in different ways. In UAE, the fasting period will last 14:52 hours at the beginning of Ramadan. The temperature is expected to be around 41°C during June, while the minimum temperature is expected to reach 26.
The region shall be affected by hot winds every 10 days to 14 days, with temperatures going up to 3-5 degrees above normal for 2-5 days during the summer months from June to the end of August.
Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day holiday called Eid Al Fitr. Here is the calendar guide to Imsak, Suhoor, Fasting, Iftar and prayer timings that are applicable in UAE during Ramadan.
(With inputs from AP, Reuters, AFP)