Fast­ing month of Ra­madan starts to­day

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By PHILIP­PINE NEWS AGENCY

Mus­lims world­wide start the fast­ing month of Ra­madan to­day.

“In the name of the Ulema sec­tor and by the au­thor­ity vested upon me as NCR Mufti, I hereby de­clare that we didn't see the moon to­day there­fore to­mor­row is not the first day of Ra­madan, it will be­gin on Thurs­day, 17th of May 2018,” National Cap­i­tal Re­gion Mufti AleemNaquibTa­her said dur­ing a moon-sight­ing event Tues­day night.

A Mufti is an ex­pert in Is­lamic laws and is em­pow­ered to is­sue rul­ings or fatwa in Ara­bic on mat­ters that con­cern the re­li­gion.

Moon sight­ing is a tra­di­tion ob­served by Mus­lims in declar­ing the start of Ra­madan (the ninth month of the Mus­lim year) where strict fast­ing is ob­served from predawn to dusk.

Moon sight­ing ex­pert AleemAbe­din Basher ex­plained they were not able to see the first cres­cent of the moon be­cause of the clouds. Grand Mufti Al-Sheikh Ab­del Jab­bar Macarim­bor called on Mus­lims all over the coun­try to be united in prepa­ra­tion for Ra­madan.

"Let's just be united so that the bless­ings of the Almighty will come to us es­pe­cially dur­ing the fast­ing sea­son in the month of Ra­madan...let's not do any­thing Al­lah dis­likes, let's be care­ful of our actions, words and way of life," Macarim­bor said.

On Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Duterte greeted Mus­lims in the ad­vent of Ra­madan, ex­press­ing hope they would in­ten­sify “re­solve to achieve spir­i­tual cleans­ing and growth.”

“As we set forth into an era of change, one must make sac­ri­fices not only to over­come personal dif­fi­cul­ties, but also to cre­ate mean­ing­ful and last­ing strides in our communities,” the Pres­i­dent said in his signed mes­sage.

Fast­ing dur­ing month of Ra­mad­han is man­dated among phys­i­cally and men­tally sane Mus­lims in ful­fill­ment of one of the five pil­lars of Is­lam. Trav­ellers, sick per­sons and women hav­ing their monthly pe­ri­ods are per­mit­ted to skip fast­ing, pro­vided they fast later for a pe­riod equiv­a­lent to the num­ber of oblig­a­tory days that they missed.

At sun­down, Mus­lims start eat­ing their meals known as “if­tar”. Fast­ing re­port­edly teaches Mus­lims pa­tience and in­creased spir­i­tu­al­ity. It is also dur­ing the pe­riod of Ra­madan where Mus­lims ask for for­give­ness for their sins.(With a re­port from Ali G. Ma­ca­balang)

A MONTH OF FAST­ING — A store in down­town Davao City fea­tures man­nequins dis­play­ing tra­di­tional Mus­lim women’s dresses for Ra­madan. The month-long fast­ing pe­riod for Mus­lims starts to­day. (Keith Ba­con­gco)

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