Ramadan 2019 Moon Sighting in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Arab States

05 Mai, 2019, 09:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Ramadan 2019 Moon Sighting in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Arab States

According to the Islamic principle, men and women stand witness to the sighting of the Moon. During this time, Mohammed declared the gates of Heaven were open, and the devils were locked in Hell. Muslims use the month to give away their earthly needs to bring them closer to God.

"The Council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the Country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1440 AH Ramadan fast".

It may be mentioned that in addition to official committee, citizens of the country also participate in Moon sighting process.

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However, an official announcement by Saudi Arabia Supreme Coourt regarding the start of Ramadan is still awaited.

The committee is chaired by the Minister of Justice in the UAE, and declares the sighting of the Crescent Moon, initiating Ramadan.

The UAE and most of the Arab states follow the moon announcement by Saudi Arabia.

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Has the Crescent Moon been sighted?

The IAC notes that the of sighting the moon is only possible through the telescope for countries like Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco.

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called on whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the authority of the region's center in his area where he sighted the crescent to facilitate reporting to the nearest court, the Saudi Press Agency said citing the appeal issued by the Saudi Royal Court.

Sunni Muslims across the world pray tarawih or the recitation of Quran in form of namaz throughout the nights of Ramadan.

Unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West, the Islamic calendar is lunar that is, based on the moon.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon to signal the commencement of this year's Ramadan fast.

The calendar started in 622CE when Muhammad and his followers established the first Muslim community in Yathrib and is now in the year 1440.

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