Ramadan to begin Thursday as Saudi moon observers sight no crescent

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As of 9.30pm, the Moon-sighting committee was still in discussions.

The Grand Mufti said Ramadan will start on Thursday, as the crescent moon by which the start of the Islamic holy month is measured, was not observed on Tuesday. If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia declares the beginning of Ramadan from today, most among the Muslims in Europe would begin fasting from tomorrow.

If the crescent moon is spotted on Tuesday 15 May, it will be announced that Ramadan will begin on Wednesday May 16.

Dr Ahmad Al Ahdal, senior preacher at Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, explained the process of Moon-sighting in an interview with Abu Dhabi TV.

"If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, 18th May, 2018 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH".

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The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) board of directors, staff and volunteers extend their greetings to all Muslims on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the cables, he wished for continued good health and well-being for the leaders and for further progress and prosperity for their nations. It is observed as the month of fasting (Sawm) to celebrate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.

Beyond claims of diversity, the U.S. president also stated that "those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life".

This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

Drivers have been urged not to rush to and from work and to allow extra time for their journey.

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