Ramadan begins Friday, official says

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 08:47 PM

COTABATO CITY - Islam’s holy month of Ramadan will officially begin Friday, April 24, an official of the Bangsamoro region said Wednesday evening.

Abuhuraira Udasan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Grand Mufti and Regional Darul Ifta, made the announcement after a traditional moon sighting.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims take part in fasting and also abstain from drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk.

They only break the fast with an early meal known as Suhur, and an evening meal called Iftar.

Since Ramadan is considered as the most sacred month of the year for Islam believers, they also reflect, pray, and improve their
relationships with others during this time.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The length of the holy month for the Muslims varies between 29 and 30 days, depending on the sighting of the Shawwal Moon which leads to the much-awaited Islamic festival of Eid ul Fitr.

In the Philippines, Muslims make up around 6 percent of the country’s 100 million people, according to official data.

This year's Ramadan celebration is considered by some as a challenging one due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with many cities and towns under community quarantine.