Riyadh, May 14: Ramadan 2018, the holiest month of Islamic lunar calendar, begins after Shaban month ends. Under Islamic calendar, a new month begins when a new moon is sighted. As Shaban is near to the end, Muslims have begun searching for Ramadan 2018 date for Saudi Arabia. Ramzan starts in Saudi Arabia either from May 16, Wednesday if the moon is sighted on Tuesday, May 15 or May 17, Thursday if the moon is sighted on Wednesday, May 16. Along with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the crescent moon would also be searched on May 15 in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. (ALSO READ: Ramadan 2018 India Date: When is Moon Sighting And Start of Ramzan?)
Ramadan 2018 Date For Saudi Arabia: If the moon is sighted on May 15 (Tuesday), fasting for Ramadan will begin from May 16, which is on Wednesday. If the moon is not sighted on May 15, Muslims will search for it on May 16 and Ramadan will then definitely begin from May 17, Thursday. The crescent moon, if seen in Saudi on May 15, is expected to be seen in Asian subcontinent on May 16. The believers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia would be looking for the crescent moon on May 16. Muslims in United States, United Kingdom and other European countries follow Saudi Arabia moon reports.
During Ramadan, Muslims observe dawn-to-dusk fast. They eat Sehri, which is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting, and break their fast at Iftar, the evening meal consumed to break the fast at the sunset. Observing fast during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. Muslims skip food from dawn (Fajr) to dusk (Maghrib) during this month. Ramadan is not about being hungry but the real purpose is to attain purity and piousness in order to be closer to Allah.