The Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal in Malaysia has announced that Thursday, March 23, 2023, will mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 2023. This announcement was made in accordance with a royal decree issued by His Majesty the Yang diertuan Agong, with the consent of the Rulers.
Muslims all around the world look forward to this auspicious month as it is a time for spiritual reflection and personal growth. During Ramadan, Muslims observe a fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink. They also engage in increased spiritual activities such as prayer and contemplation.
In Malaysia, Muslims will join the rest of the world in observing Ramadan on March 23, 2023. The country has a rich tradition of celebrating the holy month with food and culinary art. According to Muslim Solo Travel, one of the common dishes served in Malaysia during Ramadan is Babur Lambuk, a rice dish cooked with various spices. Murtabak is also a popular food served during Ramadan. It is similar to stuffed msemen in Morocco.
The start date of Ramadan varies from country to country, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon. While many countries, including Singapore and Indonesia, have also announced March 23 as the first day of Ramadan, other countries are yet to confirm the start date.
In Morocco, for instance, the Islamic Affairs Ministry has called on religious experts to sight the crescent moon for Ramadan this evening. It is likely that the start date of Ramadan in Morocco, as well as in several other countries such as Algeria and Tunisia, will also be on Thursday.
Ramadan is a month of reflection, gratitude, and giving back to the community. It is a time when Muslims come together to strengthen their faith and reconnect with their spirituality.