Hyderabad, May 5: The Ramzan Chand 2019 has not been sighted in Hyderabad, confirmed the Ulema-e-Deccan, one of the most influential religious organisation in South India. The first Ramadan fast will be observed from Tuesday, May 7. The Hilal Committees in neighbouring states are expected to issue a statement shortly. Catch Live Updates on Crescent Sighting From Other Parts of India.
Astronomical experts had claimed that the sighting of moon in Indian subcontinent, barring the coastal region of Kerala, remains doubtful. The world's western hemisphere usually sights the crescent a day after the Gulf, Africa, Europe and other parts of the West.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had issued a statement on Saturday claiming that the moon has not been sighted in the region on May 4. Therefore, the Middle East will begin Ramadan fasts from Monday, May 6.
Among South Asian nations, the moon has only been sighted in Indonesia, where the Ministry of Religious Affairs has confirmed the sighting of the Hilal crescent.
Ramadan, also referred to as Ramzan in India and Pakistan, is the holy month which mandates fasting from dawn to dusk. The month is succeeded by Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival of the Muslim community.