Ramadan begins tomorrow in UAE
By staff - Sun Jul 31, 7:46 am
Dr Hadef bin Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, said in a statement after the committee’s meeting Saturday night that Monday will be the first day of Ramadan.
On this occasion, Al Daheri and the committee congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and other Crown Princes.
Saudi Arabia will also start Ramadan on Monday along with most other Gulf states, regional media said on Saturday.
Reports from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and Qatar said the new moon had not been sighted after sunset on Saturday, indicating that Sunday would be regarded as the last day of the Muslim lunar month preceding Ramadan.
In Yemen, Ramadan will also start on Monday. In Oman the Moon-sighting Committee for the Holy Month of Ramadan for the year 1432 Hijri of the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs will hold a meeting on Sunday under the chairmanship of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, at the ministry building.
His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al Khalili, Grand Mufti of the Sultanate, and other members of the committee will receive information on sighting the moon from various wilayats and regions.
The ministry, in cooperation with judges and walis of wilayats, has formed local committees for the information on moon-sighting in each wilayat.
The ministry also conducted training courses for a number of astronomers who were selected from different wilayats to follow the emergence and movement of the crescent by using latest equipment.
Based on the astronomical calculations on the movement of sun, the earth, moon and the impact of other planets, Oman Tribune had published a report that the crescent of Ramadan 1432 H will be born at 22:40 and 54 seconds on July 30, where the sighting of the moon will be impossible in all regions of the Sultanate and all Arab and Islamic countries due to the fact that the crescent will be born after sunset on that day while its sighting could be difficult on July 31 from some regions of the Sultanate and some Arab and Islamic countries where it will stay in the Sultanate’s sky for 21 minutes and 37 seconds.
In case the moon is sighted, the first day of Ramadan will be August 1.