Rabat – Ramadan in Morocco will begin on Thursday May 17. The Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment said that it would officially observe the sighting of the crescent moon on Wednesday.
The ministry said in a statement issued earlier today that the observation of the lunar crescent that marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan will take place on Wednesday, Chaaban 29, 1439 (in the Islamic calendar), or May 16, 2018.
Magistrates, nadhers (traditional moon sighters), and delegates of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment are invited to inform the ministry of the observation of the lunar crescent or its non-observation by contacting it at the following phone numbers: (05.37.76.11.45), (05.37.76.09.32), (05.37.76.05.49), and (05.37.76.89.54) or the ministry fax number (05.37.76.17.21), according to the ministry’s website.
Thursday will mark the beginning of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait as well as several countries including Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Muslims living in the United States will begin the Ramadan fast on Wednesday, May 16, one day ahead of Saudi Arabia.