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Ramadan 2023 Live Updates: Crescent moon sighted in India, fasting begins today

March 24 is the first day of Ramadan in India this year as the crescent moon has been sighted here on Thursday evening. Elsewhere in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia fasting has already begun. 

A view of Jama Masjid Illuminated on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, March 23, 2023. India. (HT)Premium
A view of Jama Masjid Illuminated on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, March 23, 2023. India. (HT)

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is celebrated by Muslims with fervor and grandeur as the 30-day festival is marked by hope and spiritual growth. During this period, Muslims pray, reflect, fast, and let go of worldly pleasures. They wake up early for Suhoor and then abstain from food and drink until sunset. Iftar, a meal that includes a variety of delicacies, is eaten after breaking the fast with dates and water.

The beginning of the Islamic holy month depends upon the sighting of the crescent moon. It was first sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK, some western countries, and then other parts of the world along with India. Muslims will begin fasting from today, March 24, Friday, in India for Ramadan. 

Jama Masjid, the popular mosque in New Delhi, was illuminated with lights on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. People also thronged the market near Jama Masjid on the eve of Ramadan, Thursday evening, March 23. 

Catch all the latest updates about Ramadan 2023 here, 

23 Mar 2023, 11:35:34 AM IST

US President Biden sends Ramzan greetings to Muslims worldwide

US President Joe Biden has sent his best wishes to the Muslims worldwide who begin the Islamic holy month of Ramzan - a time of fasting, renewal, charity, worship, and growth.

During Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims across the world fast from dawn to dusk and shun worldly pleasures.

“To my fellow Americans observing Ramadan, and to Muslims around the world: Ramadan Kareem- we wish you a blessed and peaceful Ramadan," President Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

23 Mar 2023, 11:32:00 AM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Maharashtra

Ruet-e-Hilal committees in Maharashtra's Malegaon and Jamner have announced that Ramadan 2023 moon has not been sighted hence, fasting to begin from March 24 this year.

23 Mar 2023, 11:24:46 AM IST

Ramadan brings back many old residents to UAE

Ramadan brings back many old residents to the UAE, and among them is Hashim KU, who has lived in Dubai for over 50 years, according to a report published by Khaleej Times. 

23 Mar 2023, 11:21:51 AM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Lucknow

Lucknow's Markazi Chand Committee has announced that the crescent for Ramadan 2023 has not been sighted on March 22 evening. Hence, the first fast of Ramzaan this year will be observed on March 24.

23 Mar 2023, 11:17:21 AM IST

How fasting dates are decided during Ramadan? 

The date for Ramadan fasting changes every year as Muslims follow the Islamic calendar which is based on the lunar cycle or phases of the moon. Therefore, the start and end date of Ramadan depend upon the sighting of the crescent moon. Typically, the crescent of Ramadan is first sighted in Saudi Arabia and certain parts of India, as well as some Western countries. It is then usually sighted a day later in the rest of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other nations.

23 Mar 2023, 11:09:41 AM IST

Crescent moon sighted in THESE countries on March 22

On March 22, the crescent moon of Ramadan 2023 was sighted in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and other Muslim-majority countries. Consequently, these nations are preparing to observe the first fast of Ramadan 2023 on March 23, while taraweeh prayers will begin after sunset on March 22.

23 Mar 2023, 11:07:14 AM IST

What are the order words for Ramadan? 

Ramadan, also known as Ramazan, Ramzan, or Ramzaan

23 Mar 2023, 11:05:53 AM IST

Complete Sehri, Iftar timings in major Indian cities are here for Ramadan 2023

Check out the complete Sehri and Iftar timings for major Indian cities from March 23, 2023 to April 22, 2023. Kindly note that, since Sehri concludes one minute earlier and Iftar begins one minute later, there is a preventive difference of one minute between the two. It is always advisable to seek a second opinion from your neighbourhood mosque.

23 Mar 2023, 11:00:50 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Fasting tips for diabetic people

1) Get good sleep. 

2) Keep hydrating

3) Adding probiotics

4) End the fast with sugar-free drink

5) Keep monitoring your blood sugar

Read more here

23 Mar 2023, 10:58:15 AM IST

What Muslims do during holy month of Ramadan? 

For the next 30 days, Muslims will refrain from eating or drinking anything — even the tiniest sip of water — from sunrise to sunset.

23 Mar 2023, 10:54:23 AM IST

Ways to greet each other during Ramadan 

They greet people by saying “Ramadan Kareem". This roughly translates into “Happy Ramadan".

23 Mar 2023, 10:51:07 AM IST

Sharjah Ramadan festival begins, residents to get upto 75% in malls

During the holy month of Ramadan, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience entertainment events, shopping promotions, and prizes, as well as major discounts 25 to 75 percent at shopping malls, according to Gulf news.

23 Mar 2023, 10:47:12 AM IST

US President Joe Biden's message on Ramadan 

President Joe Biden expressed "solidarity" Thursday with China's embattled Uyghur minority in a message to Muslims around the world as they celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.

"Together with our partners, the United States stands in solidarity with Muslims who continue to face oppression, including Uyghurs in the People's Republic of China, Rohingya in Burma, and other Muslim communities facing persecution around the world," Biden said in a statement.

"During this sacred time of reflection, the United States also reaffirms our support to Muslim communities suffering hardships and devastation," Biden said, referring to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, and flood victims in Pakistan.

"Today especially, we remember the universal human right to practice, pray, and preach our faiths peacefully and openly."

23 Mar 2023, 10:45:32 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Send wishes, messages to your loved ones

1) Happy Ramadan to all. May Allah spread peace and blessings all over the world throughout this holy occasion.

2) I wish you a great Ramadan that will give you the confidence and fortitude you need to overcome life’s obstacles! Happy Ramadan.

3) Welcome, Ramadan, with a heart full of peace, harmony, and joy. I pray that Allah’s beautiful blessings will guide and protect you.

4) May this Ramadan be filled with benefits for all of humanity so that we can travel the path of harmony and peace! A happy Ramadan to all.

5) The Holy Quran descended this month, bringing with it the guide for humankind. Its texts are pure; its teachings are classic. May this Ramadan help you make the proper judgment. May the holy month categorize truth from falsehood. Happy Ramadan!

23 Mar 2023, 10:42:07 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Fasting in Saudi Arabia begins today

The date of Ramadan 2023 has been declared in Saudi Arabia.

As expected from astronomical predictions, the moon was not seen and so the current month (Shaban) will continue for another day and the first day of Ramadan 2023 will be Thursday, March 23.

23 Mar 2023, 10:39:54 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Crescent moon sighted in Pakistan

Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan in Pakistan, as the crescent moon has been sighted in the country, as per Khaleej Times report. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:37:38 AM IST

Antony Blinken extends Ramadan wishes

23 Mar 2023, 10:34:09 AM IST

What is the reason behind fasting during Ramadan?

The fasting is aimed at bringing the faithful closer to God and reminding them of the suffering of the poor. Muslims are expected to strictly observe daily prayers and engage in heightened religious contemplation. They are also urged to refrain from gossip, fighting or cursing during the holy month.

23 Mar 2023, 10:32:31 AM IST

How do Muslims begin and end the roza during Ramadan? 

Muslims who observe the fast during the month of Ramadan begin each day with a pre-dawn meal called "suhour" before starting their fast. They then pray Fajr and continue to fast until sunset, when they break their fast with the Maghrib prayer and a meal called "iftar".

The fast is traditionally broken with dates and water, and iftar is often a communal event shared with family and friends.

23 Mar 2023, 10:30:15 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Crescent moon not sighted in New Zealand. When will fasting begin here?

The crescent moon has not been sighted in New Zealand yet, hence, the fasting will begin from March 24. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:25:16 AM IST

When will Muslims in India observe the first Ramadan fast?

This year, fasting will begin from March 24 for the holy month of Ramadan in India. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:22:48 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Fasting will begin on March 24 in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Islamic Foundation on Wednesday announced that the fasting will begin on Friday in the country. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:19:36 AM IST

Ramadan fasting to begin on March 24 in India

In India, fasting will begin on March 24, Friday, for the holy month of Ramadan. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:17:20 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: Crescent moon not sighted in India

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Wednesday announced that Ramadan 2023 crescent moon not sighted anywhere in India

23 Mar 2023, 10:14:50 AM IST

Many struggles to afford holiday treats during Ramadan - here's why

This year many will struggle to afford holiday treats amid soaring prices fueled in part by the war in Ukraine. Iran, Egypt and Lebanon are grappling with economic crises that have weakened their local currencies, making things even more expensive.

The holy month will also be shadowed by the suffering in Turkey and Syria, where an earthquake last month killed more than 52,000 people, and in conflict zones across the Muslim world, though there have been some encouraging signs of possible reconciliation.

“We used to look forward to Ramadan as the most beautiful month of every year," said 19-year-old Rama Jamal, recalling how her family would decorate the house and sit together reading the Quran.

Now she lives alone in the war-ravaged northern Idlib province of Syria. After surviving more than a decade of war, her parents and brother were killed in the earthquake. (AP)

23 Mar 2023, 10:12:42 AM IST

What Muslims believes about Ramadan?

Muslims believe God began revealing the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan more than 1,400 years ago.

23 Mar 2023, 10:09:33 AM IST

Ramadan 2023: UAE provides 3 million meals and food parcels to needy

The UAE Food Bank has started a campaign to provide 3 million meals and food parcels to disadvantaged individuals and families both in the UAE and abroad during the holy month of Ramadan, according to a report published by Khaleej Times. 

23 Mar 2023, 10:04:39 AM IST

What happens after sunsets during Ramadan?

After sunset prayers, family and friends gather for “iftars" — feasts with local holiday treats like candies and nuts. Mosques and charities set up outdoor banquets where the poor can eat for free each night of Ramadan. Muslims then wake up early for “suhoor," a small meal eaten just before dawn.

23 Mar 2023, 09:58:46 AM IST

Meet the non-Muslim family who has been fasting during Ramadan

Filipino expat Dr Jeramie Umali, who has been living in the UAE for the past four years, is one such resident who fasts for almost all the 30 days during Ramadan. She was unaware of local tradition when he shifted to UAE, but she soon started appreciating its essence and began practicing it, according to a report by Khaleej Times. 

23 Mar 2023, 09:51:33 AM IST

Worshippers flooded mosques for Ramadan in Indonesia

In Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, worshippers flooded mosques for evening prayers after authorities declared that several Islamic astronomy observer teams had sighted the crescent moon in different regions. Muslim authorities in Saudi Arabia and several other Middle Eastern countries have also announced that Ramadan will begin Wednesday night.

23 Mar 2023, 09:43:30 AM IST

Holy month of Ramadan begins for Muslims across the world

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began at sundown on Wednesday, as the faithful prepared for a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting intended to bring them closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.

For the next 30 days, Muslims will refrain from eating or drinking anything — even the tiniest sip of water — from sunrise to sunset. Many will strictly observe prayers, read the Quran and donate to charity as they seek to draw closer to God. Family and friends will gather for joyful nightly feasts.

Muslim women attend mass prayers known as 'Tarawih' during the first evening of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Great Mosque of Istiqlal in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 22, 2023. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Muslim women attend mass prayers known as 'Tarawih' during the first evening of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Great Mosque of Istiqlal in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 22, 2023. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan (REUTERS)
22 Mar 2023, 11:12:49 PM IST

Ramadan moon sighted in Pakistan

Ramadan moon was sighted and the first of the holy month will fall on Thursday (tomorrow) in Pakistan

The announcement was made by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad at a press conference in Peshawar on Wednesday evening.

22 Mar 2023, 08:24:26 PM IST

Crescent not seen anywhere in India, Muslims to begin fast from March 24

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind announces Ramadan 2023 crescent moon not sighted anywhere in India

22 Mar 2023, 07:47:40 PM IST

Here are 5 tips diabetic patients should follow

  1. Get good sleep

2. Keep hydrating

3. Adding probiotics

4. End the fast with sugar-free drink

5. Keep monitoring your blood sugar

22 Mar 2023, 07:44:53 PM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Lucknow

Lucknow's Markazi Chand Committee has announced that the crescent for Ramadan 2023 has not been sighted on March 22 evening. Hence, the first fast of Ramzaan this year will be observed on March 24.

22 Mar 2023, 07:32:35 PM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Maharashtra

Ruet-e-Hilal committees in Maharashtra's Malegaon and Jamner have announced that Ramadan 2023 moon has not been sighted hence, fasting to begin from March 24 this year.

22 Mar 2023, 07:31:28 PM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Islamic Foundation has announced that the Holy month of Ramadan will begin from Friday as the moon was not sighted in the sky across the country on Wednesday.

22 Mar 2023, 06:58:37 PM IST

Ramadan 2023 crescent not sighted in Australia

22 Mar 2023, 06:57:40 PM IST

Ramadan moon sighting in Hyderabad

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee's meeting underway in Hyderabad under the direction of its President Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Deccan; will make announcement after Maghrib prayers to declare the beginning date of Ramzan.

Also, Ruet-e-Hilal Committees in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and other cities of India to announce after Magrib prayers. 

22 Mar 2023, 05:31:43 PM IST

Cities having the shortest fasting hours

– Singapore: 13 hours

– Nairobi, Kenya: 13 hours

– Luanda, Angola: 13 hours

– Jakarta, Indonesia: 13 hours

– Brasilia, Brazil: 13 hours

– Harare, Zimbabwe: 13 hours

– Johannesburg, South Africa: 13 hours

– Buenos Aires, Argentina: 12 hours

– Ciudad del Este, Paraguay: 12 hours

– Cape Town, South Africa: 12 hours

– Montevideo, Uruguay: 12 hours

– Canberra, Australia: 12 hours

– Puerto Montt, Chile: 12 hours

– Christchurch, New Zealand: 12 hours (AlJazeera)

22 Mar 2023, 05:30:31 PM IST

Cities having the longest fasting hours

 

– Nuuk, Greenland: 17 hours

– Reykjavik, Iceland: 17 hours

– Helsinki, Finland: 17 hours

– Stockholm, Sweden: 17 hours

– Glasgow, Scotland: 17 hours

– Amsterdam, the Netherlands: 16 hours

– Warsaw, Poland: 16 hours

– London, UK: 16 hours

– Astana, Kazakhstan: 16 hours

– Brussels, Belgium: 16 hours

– Paris, France: 15 hours

– Zurich, Switzerland: 15 hours

– Bucharest, Romania: 15 hours

– Ottawa, Canada: 15 hours

– Sofia, Bulgaria: 15 hours

– Rome, Italy: 15 hours

– Madrid, Spain: 15 hours

– Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 15 hours

– Lisbon, Portugal: 14 hours

– Athens, Greece: 14 hours

– Beijing, China: 14 hours

– Washington, DC, US: 14 hours

– Pyongyang, North Korea: 14 hours

– Ankara, Turkey: 14 hours

– Rabat, Morocco: 14 hours

– Tokyo, Japan: 14 hours

– Islamabad, Pakistan: 14 hours

– Kabul, Afghanistan: 14 hours

– Tehran, Iran: 14 hours

– Baghdad, Iraq: 14 hours

– Beirut, Lebanon: 14 hours

– Damascus, Syria: 14 hours

– Cairo, Egypt: 14 hours

– Jerusalem: 14 hours

– Kuwait City, Kuwait: 14 hours

– Gaza City, Palestine: 14 hours

– New Delhi, India: 14 hours

– Hong Kong: 14 hours

– Dhaka, Bangladesh: 14 hours

– Muscat, Oman: 14 hours

– Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 14 hours

– Doha, Qatar: 14 hours

– Dubai, UAE: 14 hours

– Aden, Yemen: 14 hours

– Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 13 hours

– Dakar, Senegal: 13 hours

– Abuja, Nigeria: 13 hours

– Colombo, Sri Lanka: 13 hours

– Bangkok, Thailand: 13 hours

– Khartoum, Sudan: 13 hours

– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 13 hours (AlJazeera)

22 Mar 2023, 04:22:54 PM IST

Ramadan date declared in Saudi Arabia

The date of Ramadan 2023 has been declared in Saudi Arabia.

As expected from astronomical predictions, the moon was not seen and so the current month (Shaban) will continue for another day and the first day of Ramadan 2023 will be Thursday, March 23.

22 Mar 2023, 02:17:49 PM IST

Timetable from Cardiff Muslim Centre

The East Cardiff Muslim Centre has declared Ramadan and released their timetable of days of commemoration.

22 Mar 2023, 01:55:54 PM IST

How to greet each other on Ramadan?

They greet people by saying “Ramadan Kareem". This roughly translates into “Happy Ramadan".

22 Mar 2023, 01:37:47 PM IST

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

The fasting is aimed at bringing the faithful closer to God and reminding them of the suffering of the poor. Muslims are expected to strictly observe daily prayers and engage in heightened religious contemplation. They are also urged to refrain from gossip, fighting or cursing during the holy month.

22 Mar 2023, 01:28:34 PM IST

UAE timings for Iftar during Ramadan

March 23: 18:31

March 24: 18:32

March 25: 18:32

March 26: 18:33

March 27: 18:33

March 28: 18:33

March 29: 18:34

March 30: 18:34

March 31: 18:35

April 01: 18:35

April 02: 18:36

April 03: 18:36

April 04: 18:37

April 05: 18:37

April 06: 18:37

April 07: 18:38

April 08: 18:38

April 09: 18:39

April 10: 18:39

April 11: 18:40

April 12: 18:40

April 13: 18:41

April 14: 18:41

April 15: 18:41

April 16: 18:42

April 17: 18:42

April 18: 18:43

April 19: 18:43

April 20: 18:44

April 21: 18:44

22 Mar 2023, 01:15:20 PM IST

How to begin and end fast during Ramadan?

Muslims who observe the fast during the month of Ramadan begin each day with a pre-dawn meal called "suhour" before starting their fast. They then pray Fajr and continue to fast until sunset, when they break their fast with the Maghrib prayer and a meal called "iftar".

The fast is traditionally broken with dates and water, and iftar is often a communal event shared with family and friends.

22 Mar 2023, 01:04:56 PM IST

First crescent moon of Ramadan sighted in UAE | See Image

The International Astronomical Center (IAC) has announced the sighting of the crescent moon marking the beginning of Ramadan, according to Gulf News report. 

The observation took place on Wednesday at 8:15 am in Abu Dhabi.

22 Mar 2023, 12:48:17 PM IST

Sharjah Ramadan festival begins, residents to get upto 75% in malls

During the holy month of Ramadan, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience entertainment events, shopping promotions, and prizes, as well as major discounts 25 to 75 percent at shopping malls, according to Gulf news. 

22 Mar 2023, 12:38:38 PM IST

Ramadan 2023: Visuals of moon sighting from Jerusalem 

Muslim authorities in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories say this year's fasting month of Ramadan will begin Thursday based on the expected sighting of the crescent moon.

A man observes the moon through a telescope next to the Dome of Rock Mosque at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. (AP Photo)
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A man observes the moon through a telescope next to the Dome of Rock Mosque at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. (AP Photo)
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