Guwahati: As the crescent moon was not sighted in Assam and the rest of India on Monday, the Central Hilal Committee of Assam announced ‘Ramadan’ or ‘Ramzan’ fasting (Roza) to begin from April 14.
Speaking to the media, Central Hilal Committee, Assam President, Maulana Sheikh Fakruddin Ahmed Kasmi and Secretary Alhaz Imdad Hussain informed that the crescent moon was not sighted on April 12; therefore, the first fast of the month of ‘Ramzan’ will be observed from Wednesday onwards.
It is to be noted that Ramadan or Ramzan is the ninth month in the Muslim Lunar Calendar and is considered to be the holiest month according to Islamic culture.
During this month, pious Muslims observe fasts from dawn to dusk called roza or sawm. The meal that is consumed before commencing the fast is called sehri or suhoor and iftar is the meal with which the fast is broken after the call to the evening prayer of Maghrib is heard.