New Delhi: Ramzan, the holy month of
fasting for Muslims, will begin from tomorrow with the new
moon sighted this evening in many parts of the country.
After a meeting of the new moon sighting committee
here, Shahi Imam of Delhi`s Fatehpuri mosque, Maulana Mufti
Mukkaram Ahmed, announced that Ramzan will begin tomorrow.
The Imarat-e-Sharaiyah Hind, in its announcement, said
that though the moon was not sighted in Delhi, which was
overcast, but it has been sighted in other places, including
Chennai, Bhopal, Surat and in places in states of Assam and
Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar,
is observed as a fasting period by Muslims, who abstain from
food and water from sunrise to sunset.
Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn `sehri`
meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking
their fasts in the evening. The sumptuous evening meals are
known as `iftaars`.
The month-long fasting will culminate in the
Idd-ul-Fitr celebrations next month.
As Islam follows a lunar calendar, the holy month
begins every year about 11 days earlier and its commencement
is traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon.