Rabat - The first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia is Monday June 6, according to Saudi media.
Rabat – The first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia is Monday June 6, according to Saudi media.
According to Al Arabiya, Ramadan crescent has been sighted in Saudi Arabia.
Other media sources reported that the Ramadan crescent has also been sighted in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier on Sunday Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has called on Muslims across the Kingdom to sight the crescent of month of Ramadan today, Sunday evening, Shaaban 29, 1437 AH, corresponding to June 05, 2016.
Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committees met on Sunday at 7 pm to witness the Crescent for the month of Ramadan.
While an increasing number of Muslims call for adopting one calendar of Muslims regardless of their geographical location and for relying on astronomical calculations, others, especially in the Middle East, still cling to the sighting of the moon with naked eyes.
The Muslim diaspora around the world faces the same dilemma on the eve of Ramadan every year: to fast with Saudi Arabia or fast in accordance with the religious authorities of the countries where they reside. In the United States, for example, while some Muslims rely on the astronomical calculations of the FCNA, others fast on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
The first day of Ramadan this year corresponds to the astronomical calculations made by the Fiqh Council of North America. In a press statement published on its website several weeks ago, the FCNA had announced that Ramadan would start on Monday June 6.
Moroccan authorities have still not announced officially the beginning of Ramadan. However, a statement posted on the country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment said that the calculated results of the administrative calendar show that the crescent of the month of Ramadan 1437 AH will not be sighted on the evening of Sunday June 5.
In most Middle Eastern and North African countries, Ramadan this year coincides with the beginning of the heat season. In most countries, the temperature average 35-40 degrees Celsius, one of the highest temperature levels of the year.