NEW YORK – Muslims from all over the world will mark the start of Ramadan this weekend with a month of fasting and prayers after the sighting of the moon.
Since some European and African countries in addition to the USA and Canada follow the calendar of Saudi Arabia, therefore, moon-sighting in the kingdom will play its role deciding the commencement of holy month in these countries.
Since, the Ramadan 2017 moon was not sighted on Friday, the month of fasting will begin on Thursday in USA and Canada, and in many European and African countries, and first Ramadan will be on Saturday, May 27.
The UAE and other Gulf countries will also observe first Ramadan on Saturday.
Whereas, the first Traveeh will be performed on Friday (today), after Ishaa prayers.
Saudi Arabia has called on Muslims to immediately report the sighting of the crescent moon with a court or an authority.
The moon sighting committee astronomically decides about the first day of Ramadan and the same practice is repeated to predict astronomically the last day of the Ramadan or Eid -ul- Fitr.
Earlier, The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens to keep an eye out for the crescent moon on Tuesday, which, if sighted, would mark the beginning of the month of Ramadan on Wednesday.
Muslims all over the world will observe a month of fasting and prayers during Ramadan, which is considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and commemorates the time that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed on the night of “Laylat Al Qadr”.
Muslims fast from dawn to dusk every day, and also observe sexual abstinence.