First Day of Ramadan Date in the current year: May 16, 2018

First Day of Ramadan Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed as a month of fasting by Muslims all over the world. The first day of Ramadan is an official non-working day in some countries with predominantly Muslim population.

As the Muslim calendar is lunar, the beginning of the new month is marked by the new moon. During the entire month, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. They are required to abstain from food, drink and marital relations. Fasting during Ramadan is considered one of the five pillars of Islam which are the foundation of Muslim life. It helps become closer to Allah and is considered an act of deeply personal worship.

During Ramadan, Muslims are also required to refrain from gossip, lust, angry and sarcastic retorts, greed, envy, anger, and violence thus putting more effort into following the teachings of their religion. They need to avoid all irreligious and obscene stimuli because purity of thought is as important as purity of action. Charity is also extremely important during Ramadan. Many Muslims perform extra night prayers, but these prayers are not compulsory.

Fasting during Ramadan becomes obligatory for Muslims as soon as they reach puberty. However, there are some exceptions to fasting such as severe illness, menstruation, pregnancy, breast-feeding, and travel.

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