Riyadh: The fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday i.e. June 18, 2015 and tomorrow is the end of the Muslim month of Shaaban, Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by local newspapers, the Saudi Supreme Court said the moon had not been sighted tonight, which means Ramadan will begin on Thursday.
“Tomorrow is the end of the month of Shaaban and Thursday is the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan,” the Court said.
Earlier, special arrangements were made and general appeals were issued to the masses by the authorities in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states including UAE, Kuwait and Muscat to sight the Ramadan moon today i.e. 29th Shaban.
It was also said that If the moon is sighted today the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Arab states will begin from Wednesday. If the new moon is not sighted today then the holy month will begin on Thursday.
Last year, the announcements were made after 9pm.
In the UAE, office work hours for the private and public sectors are reduced so that people can spend more time in prayers. Work hours for employees in the private sector in the UAE are reduced by two hours during Ramadan.
Muslims in the Middle East, Europe and the US will be anxiously waiting for the announcement of advent of the holy month as majority of the Muslims in the Western countries follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Hijri calendar.
The Hijri date is the Islamic calendar which started in the moon year in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) immigrated from Makkah to Madinah. A new month in the Hijri calendar begins with sighting of the moon on 29th of every month. If the moon is not sighted on 29th, that month completes 30 days.