Rabat - The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Saudi authorities announced on Tuesday.
Rabat – The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Saudi authorities announced on Tuesday.
Saudi Supreme Court called on Saudi citizens who sight the moon by naked eyes or with the aid binoculars to report it to the nearest competent authorities.
Egypt, Palestine and Jordan also announced that Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan.
Like many other Arab countries, Saudi Arabia still relies on the traditional sighting of the moon with naked eyes, as set out in the holy Quran.
The first day of Ramadan and Eid El Fitr, the day that marks the end of the Ramadan, have always been a hotly debated issue. While an important proportion of Muslims calls for relying on astronomical calculations, others still cling to the sighting of the moon with naked eyes.
While some Muslims living in the West follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic calendar, others follow the decisions of the competent authorities in their countries of residence.
In the United States for example, while some Muslims start Ramadan on the same day as Saudi Arabia, others follow the astronomical calculations established by the Fiqh Council of North America.
During Ramadan, work hours are reduced to allow for people to devote more time to their prayers.