18 Jun '15, 5am

10 things to know about #Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting

10 things to know about #Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting

SINGAPORE - The first day of Ramadan, traditionally a time for prayer and abstinence, started on Thursday (June 18). The ninth month of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar involves a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset for nearly 1.6 billion Muslims across the world. Here are 10 things to know about the holy month. 1. The dates for Ramadan change every year as the calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and it usually falls 11 days earlier than the previous year. It begins at the first sighting of the new crescent moon. 2. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is meant to cultivate self-displine and direct one's heart away from distractions, as well as to cleanse one's soul by freeing it of impurities. The meal that Muslims consume at dawn before fasting begins is called sohour. The breaking fast meal is known as iftar. Hari Raya Adilifitri, which falls on July 17, ma...

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