Trump's Ramadan Message: Muslims Add 'Richness' to 'Religious Tapestry of American Life'

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This year, Ramadan begins on either the eve of May 15 or 16, depending on the visibility of the new crescent moon from one's locale.

Earlier in the evening, the department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk.

It must be noted, however, that failing to fast during the period constitutes an infraction that could also be a crime in some Muslim countries.

Even though many Turks don't fast for Ramazan, they are sensitive to those who are fasting around them.

Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate.

Deputy Premier Hakan Cavusoglu on Tuesday said Turkey aimed to feed 100,000 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip during the holy month of Ramadan.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims except those who are exempted - among others the ill, travelers, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or menstruating.

Though in some countries a lack of moon-sighting has bumped the start of Ramadan to Thursday, the USA and Europe begin observing the month at sundown tonight.

Some Muslim Americans say their work day seems longer because they have to carry out their religious duties during Ramadan. The fasting goes on from dawn until sunset. "May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member. Muslims will try to see the moon on 29th Shaban this evening.

It is on this night, which falls during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, that Muslims believe that God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Quran.

On the day, Muslims attend a special prayer in the morning at outdoor locations or mosques.

"As so many people unite to celebrate Ramadan, Melania and I join in the hope for a blessed month", he wrote, concluding with the traditional phrase of greeting during the season, "Ramadan Mubarak".

"The EId-Ul-Fitr day is the ending of Ramadan", explained Mahmood.

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