10 Muslim nations say Ramadan starts Thursday

Published March 21st, 2023 - 04:32 GMT
These countries announce Thursday as Ramadan first day
Ramadan's crescent could not be seen in a group of Arab countries

ALBAWABA - The lunar crescent of the holy month of Ramadan could not be sighted Tuesday in several Muslim nations across the Middle East, making the first day of the fasting month on Thursday.

In Saudi Arabia, media outlets reported that the Ramadan crescent could not be seen in a number of observatories across the Kingdom. Accordingly, Saudi Arabia declared that Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan's dawn to dusk fasting.

Qatar, another member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, also said Ramadan's crescent was not detected.

Qatar said its Crescent Investigation Committee at the Ministry of Awqaf, or religious affairs, announced that Thursday will be the first day of fasting.

Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Syria followed suit with announcements that Wednesday is the last day of the Muslim calendar month of Shaaban, which precedes Ramadan, making Thursday the first day of fasting in those nations as well.

These countries had earlier called on all Muslims to investigate crescent sighting on Tuesday evening.

Every year, Muslims observe the crescent of Ramadan in the last days of the Hijri month of Shaaban.

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