SYDNEY – The Crescent of Ramadan has not been sighted anywhere in Australia, therefore the month of Ramadan will commence from Sunday 28th of May 2017, announced the Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Center on Friday.
According to the Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Center, the correct date to observe the crescent of Ramadhan was upon sunset of Friday, the 26th of May, 2017.
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and the moon must set after sunset in Makkah.
On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1438 AH are established as follows:
1st of Ramadan will be on Sunday, May 28, 2017
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 27, 2017
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.