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This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 15, Tuesday and end on the evening of June 14, Thursday.

Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip, arguments and fighting while they observe self-restraint, self-control and self-discipline during the month.

"As the holy month begins, I wish all those celebrating a very happy and prosperous Ramadhan Kareem".

Millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting everyday for a month, refraining from eating, drinking (yes, even water) and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

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Muslims are instructed to seek the Night of Power during the last ten days of Ramadan, particularly on the odd-numbered nights. In 2017, for example, some 124 extremist attacks across 24 countries took place during Ramadan.

"Ramadan is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides".

Before we get into more details about the holy month, here are a few iftar (meal to break the fast) events happening around the borough. It is the most holy month in the calendar for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan.

Turkey's leading aid agencies will help millions of oppressed people in almost 100 countries across the globe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "The worst thing for me is that ramadan is going to start, exactly when my gcse's [sic] start and they both last a whole month", one user wrote.

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Muslims interact in elevated prayer and charity throughout Ramadan.

Muslim's will fast throughout the month, practising one of the five key pillars of the Islamic faith.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast", is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

"We as a generation are much more aware of our health and wellbeing now so it is a good time to make people aware of what is and isn't good to eat during Ramadan", Dr Huda Al-Kateb said.

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After that, the standard follow is to adjourn for prayer after which the primary meal is served. Children, the elderly, those who are sick, women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, and travelers are excluded from fasting.

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