The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Monday (June 6, 2016) corresponding with the Islamic calendar year 1437 AH, Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has announced. The announcement was made after the crescent moon of Ramadan was sighted on Sunday.
The sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 and 30 days. The holy month begins around 11 days earlier each year. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month. Ramadan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.
This holy month is marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and good deeds. The fast is broken with a meal known as Iftar and before dawn they have a second opportunity to eat and drink during Suhoor. Click here to find out more about Ramadan in Qatar.
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