BEIRUT — Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni religious body in Lebanon, announced on Friday that Saturday, April 2 will mark the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Here’s what we know:
• The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will also begin on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, but Sunday in Oman. While many Muslim countries traditionally follow the date given by Saudi religious authorities, in recent years some have used their own astronomical calculations.
• During Ramadan believers are asked to abstain from drinking eating, and smoking from dawn until sunset. Muslims are also called upon to pay alms for the poor, the zakat al-Fitr. Ramadan will end with Eid al-Fitr.