No sight of Ramazan moon in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

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The moon-sighting committee in UAE will meet after the Maghrib prayer on Tuesday, May 15, in Abu Dhabi.

According to Aletihad, the crescent Moon could not be sighted in several regions in the kingdom, including Sudair and Shukra, meaning Wednesday will be the 30th day of Shaaban and the first day of Ramadan will fall on Thursday. "In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life".

According to reports on Saudi Arabian state TV, as published by Arab News, bad weather made observation of the crescent hard.

The Supreme Court has urged those who have seen the moon either through naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register their testimony, or report to the authority of the region's center in their area where the crescent was sighted in order for the authority to inform the nearest court.

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At the moment, in line with Sharjah's Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences's predication earlier this year, it is expected that the Holy Month will start on 17 May this year.

"Over the coming month, families and friends will gather in mosques and homes, fast during the daytime, and, in the evening, break their fast with iftar and pray together".

The Islamic calendar, like the Jewish calendar, is a lunar calendar and the start of the month changes from one year to the next. After sunset the fast is broken with an evening meal called 'Iftar', often starting with few sips of water and handful of candies or dates.

"During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer".

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