Ramadan 2019 is the holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The sighting of the crescent moon marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan. Today, The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called for the sighting of the moon on Saturday, May 4. However, the observers said that the moon was not sighted on Saturday evening. Hence, Ramadan will begin on May 6 (Monday) and May 5  (Sunday) will be observed as Shabaan 29.

Arab News tweeted, “#BREAKING: #Ramadan2019 will start on Monday, May 6 after Saudi moon observers say no sight of crescent https://bit.ly/2VbykO2.”

The believers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia would be looking for the crescent moon on May 5. Muslims in the United States, the United Kingdom and other European countries follow Saudi Arabia moon reports.

During Ramadan, Muslims observe dawn-to-dusk fast. Ramadan is not about being hungry but the real purpose is to attain purity and piousness in order to be closer to Allah. Observing fast during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. They eat Sehri, which is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting, and break their fast at Iftar, the evening meal consumed to break the fast at the sunset. Muslims skip food from dawn (Fajr) to dusk (Maghrib) during this month.

Muslims holy month of Ramadan, which takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic year, occurs approximately 11 days earlier every year depending on when the moon is sighted and hence, varying from country to country by about a day.

In India this year, Ramadan is expected to begin from May 5 or May 6, as per the sighting of the crescent moon. Depending on the moon cycle, the period will last 29 or 30 days which means that the holy month will draw to a close on June 4 or June 5. Muslims all over the world will be observing a fast from dawn to dusk during these 29 or 30 days of Ramadan.

According to Muslim beliefs, it was during Ramadan, precisely on the night of Laylat al-Qadr that the Quran was first revealed to mankind. The Night of Power or Laylat al-Qadr as it is called, was the night when the word of Allah is said to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammad.