|The first phase of the moon (not yet visible in Khartoum as at 10 August) |
Ramadan 2010 will start on Wednesday, the 11th of August and will continue for 30 days until Thursday, the 9th of September. In North America Ramadan will start a day later - on Thursday 12th of August (tentative dates). Dates will be confirmed when the new moon is actually sighted.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims consider this whole month as a blessed month. They fast during the days of this month and make special prayers at night. People also give more to charity and do extra righteous deeds. Also, in this Holy Month, The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) received the first revelation of Al-Qur'an (in one of the last ten odd nights of Ramzan). Ramazan/Ramadhan is the month of celebration as well as the month of discipline and self-control.
The Arabic for moon is gamir
Thanks to everyone who was so kind and concerned while I was ill last week. Your thoughts, prayers and special wishes definitely worked. I'm fit and well again. Amen!