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Moon Sighted, Ramadan Starts Monday

Millions of Muslims worldwide will celebrate the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Monday, March 11, following the announcement that the new moon of the Hijri year had been sighted on Sunday, 29th of Shaaban.

According to an official announcement from the Kingdom’s Supreme Court, the holy month will officially begin on Monday, Gulf Today reported.

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The kingdom’s moon-sighting committee had met earlier today to spot the crescent with the naked eye.

UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, and other countries would also start Ramadan on Monday.

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Ramadan on Tuesday

The Australian National Imams Council has officially declared that this year’s Ramadan will officially begin in Australia on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024.

The first night of the Holy Month of Ramadan and Taraweeh Prayer will be on Monday, March 11th, 2024, after sunset (after Isha prayer).

This announcement comes after extensive consultations between the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad, and the Imams from the Australian Fatwa Council.

In Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet in Peshawar for the sighting of Ramadan moon on the evening of March 11 (Monday). If the crescent is sighted, the holy month will begin on March 12 (Tuesday).

Ramadan will also start Tuesday, March 12 in India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore, according to Bernama.

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A Holy Month

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

Abdullah Bin Umar (RA) stated that: I heard Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) saying:

“Fast when you see the moon (Ramadan), and cease fasting when you see it (Shawwal) but if it is cloudy for you then count the month (as thirty days).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In another narration, the Prophet (pbuh) said:

“If it is cloudy for you, count out thirty days.” [Muslim] wishes you all a happy and blessed Ramadan.