As -the lunar moon for Ramadan has not been sighted in Sri Lanka, and the first day of the fasting month will be observed on Friday. "Consequent upon which tomorrow Thursday May 17, 2018 is first of Ramadan'".
Devout Muslims also mark the month by intense worship, performing special nightly prayers and reading Islam's holy book, the Koran.
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. The start date is set by both physical sightings and lunar calculations which determines when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins.
The main goal of keeping fast is to get closer to the Almighty Allah.
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Fasting for the 30 days includes sehri and iftar; sehri is a pre-dawn meal that is consumed early in the morning before the fajr prayer.
This was confirmed by the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs which announced the sighting of the crescent moon marking the start of the Islamic month. Australia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday. Thus, people celebrate the festival lavishly by offering Namaz, wearing new clothes, eating together after sunset and greeting 'Ramazan Mubarak' which completes on the day of Eid.
"Working hours for the public-sector employees will be from 9am until 2pm across the UAE, whereas working hours for the private sector have been shortened by two hours, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources".
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