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Ramazan moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia, first day of fasting on Saturday

RIYADH: The crescent for the holy month of Ramadan has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia, therefore, Saturday will be the first day of fasting in the Kingdom.   Saturday, May 27, is the start of holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Supreme Court announced on Thursday. The crescent moon was not sighted on Thursday...

SAMAA | - Posted: May 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
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Posted: May 25, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Ramazan moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia, first day of fasting on Saturday

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RIYADH: The crescent for the holy month of Ramadan has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia, therefore, Saturday will be the first day of fasting in the Kingdom.  

Saturday, May 27, is the start of holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Supreme Court announced on Thursday.

The crescent moon was not sighted on Thursday and so fasting will start Saturday.

“The moon will be out/disappear on the entire Islamic world, Thursday and, based on this, there is no crescent,” astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences said in a series of tweets.

He said that this year’s Ramadan will begin and end on a Saturday, which makes it a 29-day month. “(Ramadan) will have four Fridays,” he added.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.

In a statement on May 24, the Saudi Supreme Court had called on all Muslims throughout the kingdom to sight the moon of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday evening, Sha’ban 29, 1438 H (May 25).

In its announcement, the Supreme Court called on whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the authority of the region’s centre in his area where he sighted the crescent to facilitate his reaching the nearest court, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The Saudi Arabia, UAE and some North African countries will start observing Ramadan from May 27 (Saturday).

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In Pakistan, the meeting of Ruet-e-Hilal Central Committee for sighting the crescent of Ramazan will be held on Friday, May 26 under Mufti Muneeb Urrehman.

Meteorological Department forecast slight chance of sighting the new moon on the evening of May 26 i.e. on 29th of Shaban, 1438 AH, with fair/partly cloudy weather expected in most parts of the country on the day.

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