Egypt Says Monday First Day of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA- Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Center said Muslims in Arab countries will most probably begin the fasting month on Monday.

The center said it has started its activities for observing the moon of the holy month and will inform Muslims in the region of the results as soon as it reaches a conclusion.

Every year, the center organizes a ceremony with the participation of Egyptian authorities to announce the beginning of Ramadan.

Ramadan officially begins upon the sighting of the new moon.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has called on all Muslims across the Kingdom to sight the Crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan on Sunday evening.

Saudi Press Agency reported that in an announcement, the Supreme Court also called on whoever sees the Crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony.

In the United Arab Emirates, Sultan Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, said the committee to sight the Crescent will meet after Maghreb prayers today at the judicial Department in Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, Director, International Astronomical Center, said Islamic countries would observe the Crescent on Sunday evening.

He said the moon would be out after sunset and it would be possible to sight the Crescent using a telescope.

However, it would be possible to see the Crescent with naked eye only in parts of America, and parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, he added.

Odeh expected most Islamic countries to begin Ramadan on Monday. He added that in Islamic countries that rely on sighting the moon with the naked eye, people will begin fasting on Tuesday.

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