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Ramadan Fasting starts 7th May
May 6 - May 7
Ramadan Fasting starts Tuesday 7th May
As per Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand Inc (FIANZ), new moon for Ramadhan 1440H has been sighted on 6th May. Therefore 7th May will be 1st of Ramadan 1440H.
6th/7th May to 4th/5th June (+/- one day. Dates may vary by a day or two depending on Moon sighting): Ramadan (رمضان pronounced Ramzaan in Indian subcontinent) is the holiest month of the year for Muslims. Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan is starting from 5th or 6th May and lasts for one complete Moon cycle which is approximately 29 or 30 days.
Fasting (रोजा) is observed by adult Muslims from dawn to dusk every day throughout Ramadan. Those who are ill, elderly, diabetic, pregnant, menstruating, with health issues or breast-feeding are not required to fast. Eid festival is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month.
In Indian subcontinent, night before Eid is called Chand Raat (चांद रात). Women, specially young girls will apply traditional Mehendi (Henna / मेहन्दी). Eid is known as Ramzan Id or Eid-Ul-Fitr or Mithi Eid (मीठी ईद). People visit markets and sweets are prepared & distributed, specially Sivaiyya Kheer (सिंवैय्या खीर). Other popular sweets are Lachha, Gulab Jamun, Sheer Khurma, Jalebi etc. It is very common for Hindus and other people of other faith to visit Muslim friends & neighbors to convey Eid greetings.
Prayer time may vary as per Moon time or Moon sighting in New Zealand, please refer to local prayer hall in New Zealand / Mosque for details. There are many websites such as aladhan.com which provide location based prayer time. Ramadan is also written as Ramadaan, Ramazan, Ramathan, Ramadhan or Ramdhan at few places.
As New Zealand is in Southern Hemisphere, the Moon rise and Moon set timings are completely different than Northern Hemisphere countries like Saudi Arabia or India. One can not simply take the time difference to decide on the exact date/time of the starting date of Ramadhan.
Ramadhan Kareem. Happy Ramadan.
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