RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, dwelling of the holiest shrines in Islam in Mecca and Medina, has introduced that the fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday.
The dominion’s supreme court docket dominated on Tuesday night that the Islamic calendar month of Shaban, which precedes Ramadan, will finish on Wednesday, that means Ramadan will start the next day, the official Saudi Press Company reported.
Authorities earlier on Tuesday referred to as on residents to attempt to spot the crescent moon that marks the beginning of Ramadan, nevertheless it was not seen, state media stated.
Different Sunni-majority international locations together with Egypt and Qatar additionally introduced that Ramadan would start on Thursday, as did officers within the Palestinian territories.
Authorities in Jordan, Algeria and Morocco in the meantime stated a call could be taken on Wednesday as as to whether Ramadan would begin on Thursday or Friday.
The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is without doubt one of the 5 pillars of Islam.
Observant Muslims chorus from consuming and consuming from daybreak to nightfall, and historically collect with household and pals to interrupt their quick within the night.
Fasting is strictly noticed in Saudi Arabia, with eating places closed till sundown iftar meals.
Additionally it is a time of prayers, with the trustworthy converging in massive numbers at mosques, particularly at night time.
The beginning date of Ramadan, the holiest Muslim month, is ready by each lunar calculations and bodily sightings to find out the start of a brand new month.