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  • 9:53 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: The moon could not be sighted tonight, the first day of Ramadan will be Thursday, May 17, Gulf News reported.

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: Shaban month will complete 30 days and the fasting for Ramadan will begin from May 17.

  • 9:50 PM IST
    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia issued an official announcement that New moon of Ramadhaan could not be sighted. The first day of Ramdhan will be Thursday i.e. 17 May.
  • 9:25 PM IST

  • 9:24 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: Oman declares May 17 as the first day of Ramadan. Oman’s. In a statement issued to Khaleej Times, MARA today said that it wouldn’t be possible to spot the crescent of Ramadan on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Shaaban 29, 1439).

  • 8:50 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: The observance of Ramzan begins after the ‘Hilal’ is sighted. Hilal is usually visible after a new Moon and determines the beginning of the holy month.

  • 8:41 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: If the moon is visible today, then fasting for Ramadan will start from tomorrow i.e May 16 (Wednesday).

  • 8:27 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: Fasting for Ramdhan will begin from Wednesday i.e. May 16 in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, if the moon is sighted this evening, Lest, the moon is not sighted, Shaban month will complete 30 days and Ramadan will begin from Thursday, May 17.

  • 7:38 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: Moon-sighting Committee comprising Mohammad Bin Hamad Al Badi, President of UAE Federal Supreme Court, along with a number of officials were expected to meet after Maghrib prayers on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department.

  • 6:14 PM IST

    Ramadan 2018 Moon Sighting LIVE updates: If the moon is visible today, then fasting for Ramadan will start from tomorrow i.e May 16 (Wednesday).

Tehran, May 15: Muslims in the Middle East countries — Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Iran and others — will witness the crescent moon today on May 15. The people of Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Iran and other Middle East countries, who have been waiting for the holy month of Ramadan to begin, will try to catch a glimpse of the crescent moon tonightIndia.com will be running live news updates on moon sighting in Middle East countries,  stay with us for the minute to minute updates.

With the crescent moon sighting, the Islamic month Ramzan will begin and the Muslims, across the countries, will keep fasts from dawn to dusk. The holy fasting will continue for a month till the moon for Shawal month is sighted. The Middle East countries include Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.

Ramadan 2018 Date: If the moon is sighted tonight in the Middle East countries, the fasting for Ramadan or Ramzan will begin from tomorrow, May 16, morning. As the end of the month approaches, Muslims buy new clothes for themselves and to gift to the relatives and the loved ones. The markets resemble brides for a whole month with people buying new clothes and trying Ramzan-special delicacies. With the end of the holy month of Ramzan, the new month of Shawal will begin.

Why do people fast during Ramadan? The fast of Ramadan is kept to get closer to Allah. Muslims keep a day-long fast which begins before the crack of dawn and ends after the sunset. Before the crack of dawn, Muslims consume Sehri, a meal taken to start the day, and Iftar after the sunset to break the fast. The purpose of the fast is not to remain hungry because it has been dictated but to attain purity and get closer to Allah.