Number One Son and Youngest looked for the new moon on Tuesday night to no avail. Last night was cloudy. But somewhere there was enough break in the cloud cover for the new moon to be sighted in Guyana, Trinidad & Barbados. So… we welcome Ramadan!
Muslims are commanded to fast throughout the dawn to dusk period each day during Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic lunar year. Fasting for Muslims is the complete abstinence from food, drink and marital (sexual) relations.
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days.
Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”