As Muslims around the world look to the sky for the sighting of the moon which marks the beginning of Ramadan on June 18th, they will also be preparing themselves for a month long of fasting from sunset to dawn. During the Ramadan, Muslims try to give up bad habits and stay dedicated to their faith.
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Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar
The Islamic calendar is different from the western calendar we use. Ours is dependent upon the sun’s movements. While in the Islamic calendar each month begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon. While we have 365 days in a year, they have 354 days. Because the lunar year is shorter, each date on it falls about 10 or 11 days earlier than the solar calendar. Since each month begins upon the sighting of a new crescent moon, the beginning of Ramadan can only be predicted. Depending on weather and atmospheric conditions, it may be delayed.
Ramadan means “scorched earth”
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