Riyadh, May 14: Muslim around the globe remain intrigued whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other parts of the Middle East will begin the observance of Ramadan ul-Kareem (Ramzan) from today, post the sunset. If the crescent moon is sighted today, it would mark the start of the holiest month of Islam. Stay tuned above for live updates related to the moon sighting in KSA, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Dubai, Sharjah and other parts of the Middle East.
In case the moon gets sighted, the Taraweeh namaz - the special prayers held each night in Ramadan post the Isha'a namaz - would begin today. The live streaming of the Taraweeh prayers would be available at Makkah TV Live Online. The namaz could also be viewed via the embedded YouTube link below:
If the moon is sighted today, the obligatory fasting for Muslims between dawn to dusk will begin from tomorrow (May 16). If the moon is not sighted, the fasts would begin from Thursday (May 17). According to a senior Saudi official, quoted by reports, the moon is likely to be sighted today before the Maghrib namaz. The confirmation, however, would only be issued by Masjid al-Haram.
The Ramadan moon is usually sighted in the Middle East a day before it is spotted in the eastern part of the world. Scholars are firm that if the moon is sighted in Saudi and UAE today, the moon would also be visible in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other parts of the sub-continent tomorrow.
Along with the Middle East, the ulemas and the designated authorities are also keeping a watch on the crescent moon in West Asia, which includes the Levantine region comprising of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran.