Today is the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, after the crescent moon was sighted at nightfall. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted
This month, is Islam”s holiest month during which believers fast from the crack of dawn to sunset. Fasting is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam.
During the daylight hours, eating, smoking, drinking and sexual relationships for married couples are prohibited.
Businesses and offices reduce working hours during the day but usually open in the evenings.
Non-muslim expatriates (like me) should refrain from eating and smoking in public during the day as sign of respect for the citizens of the host country else…