Saudi Arabia started the fasting month of Ramadan Saturday along with most fellow Gulf Arab states, state media reported. Senior religious councils in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates said the crescent moon was sighted after nightfall, signalling the start of Ramadan. Oman said it would mark the start of Ramadan Sunday.
Libya earlier announced that Ramadan would start Saturday, and the state news agency quoted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi late on Thursday as suggesting that Muslims should take their cue from "Libya's correct Islam".
Egypt and Jordan will start Ramadan on Sunday.