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Ramadan: Look Out For The Moon On Wednesday - Sultan

16 May 2018

The UAE's minister of justice has ordered the establishment of a moon sighting committee to declare the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court also made a similar announcement on Sunday, calling for worshipers to look to the skies on Tuesday evening to spot the Ramadan crescent.

The end of Ramadan will take place in the middle of next month after the month-long fasting period in the Islam tradition.

Earlier this week, Oman's Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs (MARA) announced that May 17 (Thursday) will be observed as the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in the Sultanate. If they see it, the following day marks the beginning of Ramadan; if not, then Ramadan will commence the day after.

There are over 1,5 billion Muslims worldwide.

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"We pray for peace, security, stability, and serenity around the world", Allam said in a video message.

The Islamic calendar, like the Jewish calendar, is a lunar calendar and the start of the month changes from one year to the next. The fasting begins at the fajr call to prayer, just before sunrise, and is broken at sundown.

Announcing the timings of various services during the holy month, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said from Saturday to Wednesday, the Metro service will be operational on both the lines from 5am to 12am.

"In Canada, Ramadan is also an opportunity to celebrate our country's Muslim communities, and the important contributions Muslim Canadians make each day".

Ramadan: Look Out For The Moon On Wednesday - Sultan