Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths.
This is my first Ramadan in the states, and Muslims here are following two groups (ISNA ‘’Islamic Society of North America and Saudi’s Calendar.
As I mentioned above, the month days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, but here no body follows this role, Last Monday at night I got confused because nobody was sure if Ramadan is Tuesday or Wednesday. Now people divided into two groups; one of them started on Tuesday (as ISNA said) and other group Wednesday (Following Saudi Arabia). So, what about the Eid Al-Fitr (Muslim Celebration for breaking the fast, and It marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month called Shawwal in Arabic), Nobody know (ISNA or Saudi Arabia)..
Also, fasting here is easier than Sudan; I know the day here is too long because we fast for 16.5 hours, but it’s fine. Also, the weather is good these days and my supervisor understands that I’m fasting, so no load of work and flexible Schedule.
Finally, I pray to Almighty Allah that by the light and blessings of this holy month, peace and permanent security and stability all over the world.
As President Obama said it well yesterday, when he shared:
“For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths – a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings.”