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Eid al-Fitr 2020: Saudi Arabia moon sighting timing, Shawwal start date, end of Ramadan.(Unsplash)

Eid al-Fitr 2020: Saudi Arabia moon sighting timing, Shawwal start date, end of Ramadan

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 05:12 AM IST
Eid Mubarak 2020: Eid al-Fitr and the first day of Shawwal is said to be announced on Friday (May 22, 2020) night, after the moon-sighting committee spots the crescent moon. In the wake of the novel coronavirus, the committee will meet remotely via video conferencing.
This year, Eid is likely to be celebrated on May 24, depending on the date when the moon is sighted.(AP)
This year, Eid is likely to be celebrated on May 24, depending on the date when the moon is sighted.(AP)

Eid-ul-Fitr amid Covid-19 crisis: What countries have announced so far

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 02:18 PM IST
With Eid-ul-Fitr celebration just around the corner, Islamic leaders have urged people to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings on the occasion of Eid.
Salman Khan waves to his fans during a press conference in Bhopal on Monday.
Salman Khan waves to his fans during a press conference in Bhopal on Monday.

Ramadan 2020: Salman Khan extends best wishes to fans, tells them to ‘stay home, stay safe’

Asian News International | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Salman Khan has extended his best wishes to fans on the first day of Ramadan 2020.
This year, the holy month of Ramadan falls at a time when countries across the world is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.(HT PHOTO.)
This year, the holy month of Ramadan falls at a time when countries across the world is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.(HT PHOTO.)

Telangana hospitals design special menu for Ramadan for fasting Covid-19 patients

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Instructions have been issued to the authorities of Gandhi Hospital, the nodal centre for Covid-19 patients, to see that the Muslim community gets balanced nutritious food for Sehri (the pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (the post-dusk meal), so that they do not face any issues during the course of treatment.
For the time period of this month Muslims let go of worldly pleasures and observe the fast along with their friends and family.(REUTERS)
For the time period of this month Muslims let go of worldly pleasures and observe the fast along with their friends and family.(REUTERS)

Ramadan 2020: The meaning of iftar and sehri

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:49 AM IST
During Ramadan, many Muslims pray to Allah and fast, which is called roza. These fasts symbolise the devotion of these people towards the almighty.
This year, the holy month of Ramadan falls at the time when the world is plagued by the coronavirus epidemic.(Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)
This year, the holy month of Ramadan falls at the time when the world is plagued by the coronavirus epidemic.(Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)

Ramadan in the age of Covid-19: From virtual Iftars to live streaming mosque services

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 05:32 PM IST
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ramadan will be “very different” in many ways, here’s taking a look.
Ramadan moon-sighting 2020: When will Ramadan start, what is the duration of the holy month (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Ramadan moon-sighting 2020: When will Ramadan start, what is the duration of the holy month (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Ramazan 2020 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, UAE confirm sighting of crescent moon. Fasting to begin tomorrow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 09:55 PM IST

Ramadan, also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time for Muslims located globally to focus on prayers, fasting and charity. The last few days of Ramadan are considered a particularly holy period, as it is said to be the time when the Qu’ran’s (Koran) first verses were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).The first day of fasting during Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon (crescent moon). This year it’s supposed to be sighted on Friday, April 24 in Muslim nations such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, that will begin fasting despite the coronavirus pandemic albeit with requisite precautions taken and several Ramadan-related activities curtailed.According to a report by Reuters, “Some 320 million Muslims in countries like Iran and Tunisia will face enforced separation at a time when socializing is almost sacred. Restrictions on gatherings have forced those organising community iftars - the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast - to find new ways to reach those in need from Syrian refugees to laid-off migrant workers in Gulf Arab states.” “In the United Arab Emirates where summer temperatures climb above 50 degrees, Ramadan fridges stocked by residents are normally placed in car parks and shopping malls allowing labourers to grab food and drinks as needed.”

When is Ramadan starting in 2020?

Date: April 24 2020First sighting of moon: United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia’s government said it would maintain the ban on all congregation prayers in the country, including Taraweeh - a set of special prayers that take place during the holy month.In the United States and Europe, Muslim communities rely on astronomical calculations and are likely to observe Ramadan from Thursday evening as well, with Friday being the first day of fasting.When is Ramadan starting in 2020?According to the International Astronomy Center (IAC), “The holy month of Ramadan is predicted to start on Friday, April 24, in most Islamic countries.”The Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced that astronomical calculations say Ramadan’s new moon will be born on April 23 at 02:27 GMT (05:27 Doha local time). The actual visibility of the crescent moon will depend on natural factors such as atmospheric conditions, cloud cover and the distance between the sun and the moon on the horizon.  Also read: Ramadan 2020: Unique and bizarre Ramzan practices around the worldHow long is the holy month of Ramadan?Islamic lunar months last anywhere between 29 to 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon. If the new moon is not visible by the 29th night, the month lasts 30 days instead.Saudi Arabia’s official Umm al-Qura calendar has marked the first day of fasting as April 24, 2020.Fasting during Ramadan month is one of the five pillars of Islam, which includes the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.By law, offices are required to reduce the number of working hours and restaurants stay shut during the daylight hours. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, however, several workplaces, restaurants and recreational zones will likely be shut throughout the period of Ramadan, in an attempt to curb the spread of the pandemic and maintain social distancing practices.The hours of fasting world-over are anywhere between 11 to 19 hours. “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” are common greetings exchanged during the holy month. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which means the “festival of breaking the fast” in Arabic. This year, Eid al-Fitr is likely to fall on May 24, depending on the start date of Ramadan and the sighting of the crescent moon for the month after Ramadan, Shawwaal. LIVE UPDATES:

File photo: A man offers prayers at Jama Masjid during the holy occasion of Ramazan in Delhi last year.(Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)
File photo: A man offers prayers at Jama Masjid during the holy occasion of Ramazan in Delhi last year.(Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)

Muslims to look for Ramazan moon on Thursday, details here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The month of Ramazan is the holiest of the year as per the Islamic tradition and lasts for around 28 to 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon.
Ramadan takes place for four weeks and two days.(Unsplash)
Ramadan takes place for four weeks and two days.(Unsplash)

Ramadan 2020: Wishes, messages, SMS, Whatsapp messages for friends and family

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:34 AM IST
Ramadan is the holy month of worship which is a time of spiritual reflection and devotion. Muslims all over the world keep roza, which is a fast that is observed from sunrise to sunset.
Ramadan is a time for introspection and fasting and takes place every year.(Unsplash)
Ramadan is a time for introspection and fasting and takes place every year.(Unsplash)

Ramadan 2020: History, significance and when does Ramadan begin

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:28 AM IST
During the period of Ramadan, millions of Muslims fast for a month every year. It is one of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.
The US president made the comments after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator who seemed to question whether Muslims would be treated with the same severity as Christians who broke social distancing rules.(REUTERS)
The US president made the comments after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator who seemed to question whether Muslims would be treated with the same severity as Christians who broke social distancing rules.(REUTERS)

Social distancing rules should be same for Ramadan, Easter, says Donald Trump

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2020 07:56 AM IST
“They go after Christian churches but they don’t tend to go after mosques,” Trump said.
Asaduddin Owaisi said it was wrong to say that because of Ramadan the polling percentage will be low.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Asaduddin Owaisi said it was wrong to say that because of Ramadan the polling percentage will be low.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019| Nothing wrong in holding elections during Ramzan: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 07:17 PM IST
Owaisi said since the states going to the polls during Ramadan will have a holiday on the day of polling, there would be no problem in Muslims casting their votes.
Mohamed Salah will lead Egypt at the African Nations Cup.(REUTERS)
Mohamed Salah will lead Egypt at the African Nations Cup.(REUTERS)

African Nations Cup pushed back a week for Ramadan

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 11:51 PM IST
According to media reports, a request was made for the move by a number of mainly Muslim North African nations, including Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, who have all already sealed qualification
Backlash from Sudanese viewers was swift, prompting one actor to issue an apology. However, the criticism failed to trigger a deeper discussion on racism in the Middle East.(AFP/Photo for representation)
Backlash from Sudanese viewers was swift, prompting one actor to issue an apology. However, the criticism failed to trigger a deeper discussion on racism in the Middle East.(AFP/Photo for representation)

Black Arabs angered at ‘racist content’ in satire shows on Gulf channels during Ramadan

Associated Press, Dubai | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2018 12:28 PM IST
The shows — one produced in Egypt and the other in Kuwait — poked fun at Sudanese culture, making a mockery of the Sudanese Arabic dialect and portraying darker skinned people from Sudan as either poor or lazy.
Afghan Muslims hug each other after offering prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on Friday.(AFP photo)
Afghan Muslims hug each other after offering prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on Friday.(AFP photo)

Taliban, Afghan soldiers celebrate Eid ceasefire by hugging each other

Reuters, Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 10:41 AM IST
Video and pictures on social media showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak.
A 10th century Quran is on display at Israel's National Library.(AP)
A 10th century Quran is on display at Israel's National Library.(AP)

Israel’s National Library displays tiny, ancient Quran to mark Ramadan

Associated Press | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 11:42 AM IST
Israel’s National Library is exhibiting a 10th century Quran as part of a collection of Islamic texts to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi at party office in New Delhi.(Reuters File Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi at party office in New Delhi.(Reuters File Photo)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi to host Iftar on June 13

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2018 05:48 PM IST
For Rahul Gandhi this will be the first occasion to host an Iftar since he took charge as the Congress chief
File photo of Denmark's Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg addressing a news conference in Brussels.(REUTERS)
File photo of Denmark's Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg addressing a news conference in Brussels.(REUTERS)

Danish minister says Ramadan fasting can be ‘dangerous’, affect ‘productivity’

AFP, Stockholm | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 07:14 PM IST
The Danish immigration and integration minister said she feared the fasting could affect “safety and productivity,” giving as an example bus drivers who have “neither had a drink nor eaten for more than 10 hours”.
With Ramadan here, city chefs share easy and lip-smacking dishes that you can relish for iftar during the Holy month
With Ramadan here, city chefs share easy and lip-smacking dishes that you can relish for iftar during the Holy month

Iftar recipes you must try for Ramadan

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Anjali Shetty
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 07:10 PM IST
Iftar trails are on top of foodies’ to-do lists this time of the year. Here’s how you can cook it all up at home with these yummy delicacies
A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018.(REUTERS File Photo)
A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018.(REUTERS File Photo)

On eve of first day of Ramadan, Israel launches new air raid in Gaza

Agence France-Presse, Jerusalem | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 10:03 PM IST
Israeli tanks fired at three Hamas positions after shots from Gaza were fired at Israeli soldiers and bullets from a heavy machinegun hit a house in the town of Sderot
This undated handout photo obtained on May 13, 2018 shows Khamzat Azimov, a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who killed one man and wounded four other people in a stabbing spree in central Paris on Saturday night.(AFP)
This undated handout photo obtained on May 13, 2018 shows Khamzat Azimov, a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who killed one man and wounded four other people in a stabbing spree in central Paris on Saturday night.(AFP)

Paris knifeman remembered as calm person who paid attention to girls

Agence France-Presse, Paris | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 09:40 AM IST
Former acquaintances and classmates remember Khamzat Azimov, who allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he killed a passer-by and wounded four other people in central Paris before being shot dead by police, as a quiet and normal person.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wished Muslims a “joyous” Eid
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wished Muslims a “joyous” Eid

Justin Trudeau wishes Muslims on Eid, the internet just can’t stop praising him

UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 05:14 PM IST
“The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all — no matter our backgrounds, we’re in this together”
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