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Ramadan Moon Sighting 2019: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court Asks Authorities, Citizens to Look For Crescent on Saturday

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Riyadh, May 3: The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called upon the Kingdom residents to attempt sighting the Ramadan moon on Saturday, May 4. The Hilal sighting committee, along with civilians, have been asked to look for the crescent tomorrow, the 29th date of the current Islamic month of Shaban.

If the crescent is sighted tomorrow, the holy month of Ramadan ul Kareem will commence from May 5. First roza or fast in that case will be observed on Sunday. If the moon is not sighted tomorrow, Ramadan fasts will begin from Monday, May 6. Ramadan 2019 Date in India: When is Moon Sighting For Ramzan, The Fasting Month For Muslims?

The Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs has also called upon citizens and residents to explore the vision of Ramadan moon on May 4, which is also the 29th date of Shaban. “If the moon was not visible then look for it on Sunday, Shaban 30 (May 5, 2019),” the directive states.

If the moon is sighted in KSA, it is imperative that the crescent will be spotted the UAE, Oman, Yemen, Qatar and other parts of the Gulf. The crescent, claim experts, would in that case would also be visible in most parts of Africa, West Asia, Europe, and the West.

In eastern part of the world, which also includes areas of high Muslim population — the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia and Malaysia, attempts will be made to sight the crescent on Sunday (May 5). If the crescent is sighted, the month of Ramadan in those region will begin from Monday. If not, Ramzan, as the holy month is popularly known in Urdu, will begin from Tuesday.