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Ramadan in Arab states to begin on July 10
Tuesday July 9, 2013 0:12 AM, ummid.com & Agencies

In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Malaysia, UAE, Australia and Singapore, Ramadan will begin on Wednesday, it is announced here Monday.

"The Royal Court announced today it has been informed by the Supreme Court that Wednesday will be the first day of Ramadan 1434 H", Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

In a statement, the Royal Court said the Supreme Court, meeting this evening in Taif to determine whether Ramadan this year falls tomorrow or after tomorrow, announced that nobody have reported having seen the moon of the new lunar month this evening, so it was decided to consider Tuesday, tomorrow, as the complementary day of the current month of Shaaban and that Wednesday will be the first day of Ramadan 1434 H, it said.

The Moon Sighting Committee announced on Monday that Ramadan will start in the UAE on Wednesday, July 10, reported Gulf News.

The committee issued a statement after investigation and application of Sharia laws, confirming that Wednesday will be the beginning of Ramadan.

This is the first time that the committee has taken so long to declare the first day of Ramadan, setting a precedent. The announcement was made at 10:10pm.

Earlier yesterday the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia had called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent of the lunar month of Ramadan on Monday evening, Shaaban 29, 1434AH, corresponding to July 8, 2013.

The Islamic calendar runs on sighting of the new moon. In every month, crescent - the new moon, is sighted on 29th of that month. If the new moon is sighted on 29th, the next day is counted as the first day of the new month. If not, the calendar counts the next day as 30th day of the month. After counting 30 days, the new month begins from the next day.

Though some people especially those associated with Hilal committees, sight the new moon every month to set the calendar right, it is the Ramadan, Eid al Fitr and Eid al dha moon that are sighted by masses.

Ramadan is the holiest month for the Muslim and in this month they observe fast refraining themselves from eating and drinking. The month of Ramadan ends with Eid al Fitr - the day of celebration.

Eid al Adha comes two months ten days after the Eid. It coincides with Haj.

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