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Saudi Arabia to Look for Ramadan Moon Tuesday

The Saudi Supreme Court has called on all Muslims in the kingdom to sight the holy month’s crescent moon on Tuesday evening, March 21.

Those who sight the moon, either by the naked eyes or binoculars., should report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the nearest center to facilitate his reaching to the court, Al-Arabiya reported.

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The first day of the holy month is expected to begin on Thursday, March 23.

Awaiting Moonsighting

While American and European Muslim bodies have already announced the beginning of Ramadan according to calculations next March 23, others are awaiting the moon sighting.

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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]

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