Muslims observe Ramadan around the globe

Muslims in Southern California prepare for beginning of Ramadan

They eat Sehri (a pre-dawn meal) and break their day-long fast with "Iftar" in the evening.

In his message, Trump said that his wife, Melania Trump, joins him in sending "best wishes to Muslims" in the USA and around the world for a "blessed month celebration".

Besides experiencing feelings of hunger and thirst, believers often have to deal with fatigue because of late-night prayers and predawn meals.

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"Before the fasting month begins we usually visit each other, but we don't only visit the living ones, we also visit the dead", said Cepi Imamsyah Arian Tandjung, who was visiting the graves of his parents, brother and uncle. Many Muslims also maintain that fasting allows them to get a feeling of poverty, and this may foster feelings of empathy.

He described Ramadan as a period of devotion, obedience and spiritual rebirth and urged the faithful to commit themselves to prayers for peace, security and stability of Nigeria.

Dr Bawumia said he will be joining his brothers and sisters in various communities around the country to break the fast and pray for the country. The start date is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings which determine when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins. People who suffer from any illness, or those who are travelling, elderly people, pregnant women and those going through their menstrual cycle are barred from keeping a fast.

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Do Muslims celebrate the completion of Ramadan? The moon was expected to appear on Saturday or Sunday evening to commence the holy month. In the Arab world, monthlong soap operas rake in millions of dollars in advertising.

This year Eid will be celebrated on June 4 or 5.

It is believed that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed during Ramadan.

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The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship as Muslims ask to have their prayers answered during "Laylat al-Qadr" or "the Night of Destiny".

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