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Ramadan begins in India on July 11
Tuesday July 9, 2013 9:51 PM, Hena Farhat, ummid.com

Ramadan this year begins in India from Thursday, July 11. It was announced by Hilal Committees in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and other cities in different states after no news of moon sighting was reported from any part of the country on Tuesday.

"We have not received reports of moon sighting from any part of the country so far. Hence it is declared that tomorrow will be the 30th day of the month of Shabaan and the first day of Ramadan will be on Thursday, July 11", President of Jamiatul Ulema Maharashtra Mustaqeem Ahsan Azmi said while talking to ummid.com.

In New Delhi, Imam of Jama Masjid Ahmed Bukhari also announced that the first day of Ramadan in India will be on Thursday.

Talking to ummid.com from Patna, Imtiyaz Rahmani of Khanqah Munger said there were no reports of moon sighting from any part of Bihar and neighbouring states Tuesday.

In Kolkata, Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid Maulana Barkati announced that Ramadan in the state will begin from Thursday.

In Hyderabad, local Hilal Committee announced that the first day of Ramadan will be on Thursday.

Quoting the Shaher Qazi, noted journalist Syed Mujtaba informed ummid.com from Chennai that there were no report of moon sighting in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

Local journalist Abdul Hafiz Kakhani told ummid.com from Ahmedabad that no part of Gujarat reported moon sighting till 08:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states had announced yesterday that the first day of Ramadan in the Arab states would be on Wednesday, July 10.

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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