Ramadan 2019 Moon Sighting Today Time in India, UAE, Saudi Arabia: Muslims all over the world keep roza or the holy fast in the holy month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Marked by intense fasting – from sunrise to sunset – during Ramadan or Ramzan, people break their fast with nightly feasts or ‘Iftar’ which take place after sunset.
Considered an opportune time to come closer to God, Ramadan is observed to remind people of the sufferings of the less fortunate and underprivileged. Muslims also donate to charities during the holy month and feed the hungry.
Ramadan starts on Monday, May 6 for UAE residents as per the the Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee which met on Sunday after Maghreb prayers, under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice. Saudi Arabia earlier announced that Ramadan will begin on May 6, but the UAE moon sighting committee has now made the official announcement.
How do people prepare themselves for Roza?
To prepare for the roza, Muslims eat what is commonly called ‘suhoor’ a pre-dawn meal of power foods to get them through the day. After a sunset prayer, a large feast known as ‘Iftar’ is shared with family and friends. This is a social event as much as it is a gastronomical adventure.
Across the Arab world, juices made from apricots are a staple at Ramadan iftars while in South Asia and Turkey, yogurt-based drinks are popular. Across the Muslim world, mosques and aid organisations set up tents and tables for the public to eat free Iftar meals on every night of Ramadan.