UAE astronomer predicts Ramadan start
By staff - Wed Jun 29, 6:50 am
According to the Sharjah-based astronomer, the Ramadan ‘Hilal’ (crescent moon) will rise on July 30, the newspaper added.
“It will then take shape 21 hours and 23 minutes later. It will be difficult to sight the moon from the UAE, but Ramadan will start on August 1,” the paper quoted Al Jarwan as saying.
“The dawn-to-dusk fasting month for Muslims, will last 30 days this year. This means Eid Al Fitr will be on August 31,” he added.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from sunrise to sunset and are required to focus on their relationship with god.
A Kuwaiti astronomer has predicted Ramadan will start on August 1 and Eid, the feast that follows the month of fasting will be on August 30, local daily Gulf News reported on Wednesday.
However, most of the Muslim countries decide the lunar month upon sighting the crescent and not on calculations based on astronomy, the paper reported.
“Shaaban, the month that precedes Ramadan, will last 30 days and will end on Sunday July 31. So, Ramadan will start on Monday, August 1. It will last 29 days and will end also on Monday, August 29. We will have Eid on Tuesday August 30,” a Kuwaiti newspaper quoted Adel Al Marzouq as saying, Gulf News reported.