UAE, Saudi Arabia says Ramadan to begin on Saturday

UAE, Saudi Arabia says Ramadan to begin on Saturday

This is why Ramadan isn't observed on the same date in the Gregorian calendar (the calendar the US uses) each year.

"Wishing viewers "Ramadan Mubarak", his statement ends with the on-screen text: "#LondonIsOpen".

"As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world".

According to Dhaka based Daily Star, "The National Moon Sighting Commitee in the country decided the date of Ramazan this evening, after they obtained reports from all corners of the country". It can last between 29 and 30 days. Muslims view the fasting as an exercise in self-control and as an opportunity to cleanse their mind, body and spirit.

Some also apply lighter rules, for example, some people who drink year-round, avoid alcohol for the month.

The meal before the dawn during Ramadan is called "suhoor".

Obama also acknowledged the millions of refugees, many of them Muslim, who have been displaced by war and crises around the globe. If one is to eat or otherwise break their fast, they can make up for it by fasting after Ramadan has ended. Muslims from diverse backgrounds pray together in mosques all across our great land.

But some on the internet were quick to note that Mr Trump's Ramadan statement contrasted significantly with the statement released by former President George W Bush when Ramadan came just two months after the September 11 terror attacks in the U.S. that killed almost 3,000 people. A celebration and feast known as Eid ul-Fitr, marks the breaking of the fast at the end of the month.

Certain groups in the Muslim community are not required to follow the event's strict fasting.

Some interpreters also consider intense hunger and thirst as well as compulsion (someone threatening another to do something) exceptions. Meanwhile, Muslims in China will be fasting for around 16 hours.

Muslims perform tarawih prayers to mark the start of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore May 26, 2017.

In fact, in Saudi Arabia, Muslims and non-Muslims can be fined or jailed for eating in public during the day, according to the Associated Press.

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