- Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is quickly approaching for Muslims, due to start around the 6th of May, 2019 and will last 29 or 30 days. Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and the beginning of each month is determined by the moon sighting.
- This means that Muslims around the world await with great anticipation the announcement that the new moon – known as the ‘hilal’ in Arabic – has been sighted. The excitement is greatest ahead of the crescent which will herald the first of Ramadan, topped only by the new moon which marks Eid ul Fitr, the celebration that takes place on the first day of the month after Ramadan, and marks the end of the month of fasting.
- Fasts begin at dawn and last till dusk, and so the moon set in the backdrop of darkness represents the time available for eating and night prayers.