"The crescent moon Monday evening may appear normal to many eyes across the globe, but Islamic religious authorities and Muslims around the world will experience the lunar activity in a very different fashion. Marking the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, the crescent moon is expected to mark this year's first day of the holy month, a time when Muslims devote themselves to dawn-to-dusk fasting, spiritual cleansing, prayers, good deeds, and strict dedication to self-restraint. Ramadan means more in the lives of Muslims than refraining from eating and drinking during the daylight hours. The ritual fasting during the holy month is among the five pillars of Islam: Shahadah, the declaration of faith; Salat, five daily prayers; Zakat, charitable giving; Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca; and Sawm of Ramadan, the ritual fasting during this holy month."
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