Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ramadan to begin Thursday as Saudi moon observers sight no crescent

Ramadan to begin Thursday as Saudi moon observers sight no crescent

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar has urged Muslims across the country to watch out for the new moon which signifies the start of Ramadan fast on Wednesday.

According to reports on Saudi Arabian state TV, as published by Arab News, bad weather made observation of the crescent hard.

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

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The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, Al Arabiya reported.

While in Pakistan the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin from May 17, according to Khalid Ejaz Mufti, Secretary-General of Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC).

Following the beginning of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha will fall on August 21, and the first day of the Islamic year, Fatih-Muharram, 1440, will be on September 10.

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Also, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority also announced that the holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday.

"During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer". After sunset the fast is broken with an evening meal called 'Iftar', often starting with few sips of water and handful of candies or dates.

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