This year, for the first time in my life, I have fasted for all of Ramazan. The Quran says during Ramazan you’re supposed to “eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread of night.” And then fast until sunset—no food, no drink. The black thread/white thread part fascinates me, eating in the predawn morning until it’s light enough outside to tell the white thread from the black.
For the majority of Muslims worldwide a confirmed new-moon sighting next Tuesday will usher in the holy month of Ramadan. This 1,400-year-old ritual is a reminder to practice self-restraint, increase one's spirituality and appreciate God's countless blessings.
The blessed month of Ramadan is anticipated to begin on the evening of May 15. 2018. It is the most sacred month in the Islâmic calendar and one in which fasting is required of all adult, sane Muslims who are not traveling or suffering from chronic health conditions.