— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 15, 2018
It’s that time of year again: 1.84 billion Muslims around the world will be welcoming the holy month of Ramadan with their first day of fasting on May 16. For other countries, May 17 will be the first day of fasting.
Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims as it is regarded to be the month that the holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting every day for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset.
It is a month that teaches self-discipline and awareness for those living in poverty.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan is accompanied with increased spiritual reflection, worship and acts of charity…
Ramadan isn’t official, in some countries, until a council of religious elders spots the new crescent moon. That’s why it won’t start till Thursday in the UAE, per the Khaleej Times, which includes the glorious sentence:
…Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar…
Less globally significant, but still good news…
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— ActBlue (@actblue) May 15, 2018