Ramadan: Look Out For The Moon On Wednesday - Sultan

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

In Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has advised Muslims to look out for the crescent moon on Wednesday, an indication the fasting will also start on Thursday. If the moon is sighted by Tuesday, Ramadan will officially begin by Wednesday, May 16.

Saudi Arabian moon observers said there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy month on Thursday.

Dr Ahmad Al Ahdal, senior preacher at Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, explained the process of Moon-sighting in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV.

On the 29th day of the preceding month, Shaaban, Muslim scholars observe the new crescent in the sky after the sun sets.

To mark the start of the Ramadan, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa sent cables to leaders of Arab and Muslim countries, reported state news agency Wam.

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The end of Ramadan will take place in the middle of next month after the month-long fasting period in the Islam tradition.

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) board of directors, staff and volunteers extend their greetings to all Muslims on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Thousands of school pupils will be sitting examinations during Ramadan this year.

Public sector hours will be 9am-2pm, and private sector hours will be reduced by two hours from normal working times.

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