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Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to start Thursday

AP  |  Riyadh 

Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the month of on Thursday.

and other Muslim nations, like Indonesia, declared would not begin Wednesday based on a moon-sighting methodology. That means the month of dawn-to-dusk will most likely begin Thursday.

The fast, in which even water is prohibited, falls on especially long summer days this year for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. It is also a chance to kick addictions like caffeine and cigarettes.

During the day, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, sex, gossip and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 23:25 IST
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