Muslims in Saudi Arabia will look for the crescent moon this evening. The sighting of the moon will mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 2019 or Ramzan. Depending on the moon sighting, fasting for Ramadan or Ramzan month will start in the kingdom. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called for the sighting of the moon on Saturday, May 4.

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  • The Saudi Hilal Committee will reportedly issue an announcement by Isha namaz (night prayer).
  • An announcement on moon sighting in Saudi Arabia will be made shortly as a meeting of Hilal Committee is currently underway in Riyadh.
  • The declaration will come shortly after the Maghrib namaz (evening prayers) and before Isha namaz (night prayers).
  • Masjid al-Haram or the Grand Mosque in Mecca will soon reveal whether the moon has been sighted or not after an official announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
  • In case the crescent moon is sighted today, Taraweeh or the special Ramadan prayers will begin from today in Saudi Arabia post the Isha namaz and the first fast will be observed tomorrow.
  • Apart from Saudi, ministries and moon sighting committees in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Palestine, Muscat and other Arab states have also been issued appeals to sight the Ramadan 2019 moon.
  • The Ramadan Moon is likely to be sighted on Saturday, May 04, 2019, corresponding to 29th Shaban 1440H.
  • If the moon is sighted tonight, the holy month of Ramzan will begin from tomorrow. It will continue for a month, that is, until the first week of June.
  • The people in Saudi Arabia will most likely witness the crescent moon today evening.

Signaling the Muslims to look for the crescent moon on Saturday evening so as to confirm the beginning of the holy month of fasting, the court ordered the first person to inform the nearest court after sighting the moon with the naked eye or through the binoculars, reported Saudi state-news agency SPA. The statement came in the wake of the month of Ramadan which is expected to start from Sunday and continue till the first week of June.

Unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West, the Islamic calendar is lunar that is, based on the moon. Since lunar months are shorter than solar months, 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.