During this timeof Ramadan, believers are encouraged to abstain from drinking, eating and having sex, from dawn to sunset.
The date of the beginning of Ramadan , this holy month for Islam, was set for Monday 6th May by the French Council of Muslim worship , after a meeting of major Muslim federations, Saturday 4th May, 2019.
The announcement of this date was made by the Great Mosque of Paris , in the presence of the office of the CFCM, representatives of the main federations of the second religion of France, and the rector of the Muslim Institute of the Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur .
LUNDI 6 MAI 2019, début jeûne mois de #Ramadhan1440H annonce la Commission théologique de la @mosqueedeparis et Bureau exécutif CFCM réunis autour du Recteur D. Boubakeur, ce samedi 4 mai 2019 (correspondant au 29ème jour du mois de Chaâbane 1440/H)
Voir communiqué & calendrier pic.twitter.com/jXyuBIQrv8
— GrandeMosquéeDeParis (@mosqueedeparis) May 4, 2019
“As the crescent of the new moon was not visible on Saturday, Ramadan will start on Monday,” according to the CFCM.
One of the five pillars of Islam
During Ramadan, believers are encouraged to abstain from drinking, eating, and having sex, from dawn to sunset.
Fasting is prescribed to pubescent Muslims. Exemptions are provided for travellers, the sick, the elderly, pregnant women or those who have just given birth.
Ramadan will end with Eid al-Fitr , the “fast-breaking festival,” which is scheduled to take place this year on June 5th, 2019.