The Arab states did not sight the moon after which the Arab media had said that the Holy month would commence from 17th of May.
The "Hilal" which in Arabic is for "crescent" is viewed as the beginning of the holy month.
Iftaar time is for water, dates and well-balanced meals - It is traditional for Muslims to break their fast with a date, which has scientific benefits. If moon sighted, Shaban will end and Ramadan will begin from tomorrow, May 17. While children who have not reached puberty are not obliged to fast, many are encouraged to practice early on.
It is meant to bring Muslims closer to God and teach them about patience, spirituality, and humility.
We may have encountered at least one of our Muslim friends who might have expressed the fact that swallowing saliva can break the fast.
Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, may fall on Friday, June 15, Eid al-Adha on August 22, and the first day of the Islamic year, Fatih-Muharram, 1440, may be on September 11, as the astronomers formerly predicted.
Also on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte greeted his Muslim constituents on the advent of Ramadan, expressing hope they would intensify "resolve to achieve spiritual cleansing and growth".
Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups - including people who are unwell or have a long-term condition; people with learning difficulties; people who are travelling; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating.
Mr Trump noted that many Muslim observe this holy month by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Holy Quran.
As many as 9 Muslim countries have announced that the moon of Ramadan was not sighted in their countries.
According to Islamic tenets, the first verses of the Quran, the central religious text of the religion, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan.
What are the different traditions observed during Ramadan? This time of year, observant Muslims here would have to eat before 3:40 a.m. Exceptions are made for people for health or medical reasons.