Dhaka/Colombo, May 16: Muslims in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and other nations are awaiting an announcement from their respective religious authorities on the sighting of the crescent moon in their country. As per reports, world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims will begin the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations, like Indonesia, declared Ramadan would not begin Wednesday based on a moon-sighting methodology. This means the month of dawn-to-dusk fasting will most likely begin Thursday. Stay tuned with LatestLY for all the live news and updates related to the Ramzan moon.
As the lunar calendar in the Middle East runs a day ahead of the eastern nations, the region witnesses the crescent moon of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr a day before India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives. Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations.
With the sighting of the moon on Thursday, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion’s two holiest sites. “The first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan falls tomorrow corresponding to May 17, 2018,” the Royal Court said in a statement published by state news agency SPA.
It must be noted that the start date is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings which determine when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins. Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations.
Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims across the world, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Ramadan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. Tradition holds that it was during Ramadan that the Prophet Mohammed started receiving revelations of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.