By Atiya Riffat
Millions of Muslims around the world are marking the start of the holy month of Ramazan today (Thursday), a time marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and good deeds .
The meetings of zonal and district Ruet-e-Hilal committees were also held meetings at their respective headquarters for collecting evidences in respect of sighting or other wise of the Ramazan moon.
Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today ( Thursday) marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan together for the first time in the six years.
In Saudi Arabia, Ramazan crescent was also not sighted on Tuesday therefore, the holy month will begin in Pakistan and Gulf countries on a same day.
Millions of Muslims across the world are marking the first day of holy month of Ramazan. Scores of Islamic faithful usually commemorate the month-long period with dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar – which has either 354 or 355 days in a year. So, every year the month begins 11 days earlier than the previous year.
Ramazan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.
Fasting during the entire month is one of the five tenets of Islam. The holy Quran was recited to holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the month of Ramazan. Tradition holds that it was during Ramazan that the holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Quran. It is one of the five “pillars” of Islam.