Shi'ite worshipers place copies of the Quran on their heads during Ramadan at the Imam Ali Shrine, Najaf, Iraq July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani /File Photo
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Lebanon's Grand Mufti Abdel Latif Derian announced that Ramadan will begin on Thursday, in a statement released Tuesday evening.Ramadan starts roughly 10 days earlier every year, based on the Islamic lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Many donate their annual charity, known as "zakat," during Ramadan.Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr.
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