Rabat - Saudi Arabia has officially announced that Ramadan is to begin this Saturday, May 27.
Rabat – Saudi Arabia has officially announced that Ramadan is to begin this Saturday, May 27.
There were no reports of a crescent moon on Thursday evening by moon sighters, so Ramadan will start on Saturday as opposed to Friday.
Saudi Arabia determines the start of Ramadan through the use of moon sighters who report back to the government.
Saudi Arabia is among other Arab countries like the UAE and Egypt that rely upon the sighting of the moon with naked eyes to determine the start of Ramadan. Religious authorities in these countries often coordinate their decisions with those of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and the home of Mecca.
Although dependent on a future moon sighting, the last day of Ramadan will probably be June 24, and Eid Al Fitr will be on June 25. Ramadan will start on May 27 across Europe and North America too.
The first day of Ramadan and Eid El Fitr, the day that marks the end of the Ramadan, have always been a hotly contested issue. While many Muslims rely on astronomical calculations, others prefer the traditional technique of using the naked eye to spot the moon.