Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan

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Saudi Arabian moon observers said there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy month on Thursday.

In South Africa, the expectation always was that Ramadan would start on Thursday.

Designated religious authorities in the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium and other parts of Europe are keeping a vigil on the crescent moon, which would mark the beginning of the month of Ramadan ul-kareem (Ramzan) 2018. However, a massive section of believing Muslims in Europe keep a watch on the moon sighting updates from the Middle East.

The sighting of the new moon was carried out at 29 locations throughout the country.

His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE has ordered the release of 935 prisoners who have been sentenced in various cases ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the cables, he wished for continued good health and well-being for the leaders and for further progress and prosperity for their nations.

The holiday commemorate the revelation of the sacred scripture of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving.

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

According to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, working hours for the public sector employees will be from 9am until 2pm across the UAE, whereas working hours for the private sector have been shortened by two hours.

Drivers have been urged not to rush to and from work and to allow extra time for their journey.

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