New Delhi/Mumbai: Ramadan moon has been sighted in Begusarai and other parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, local Ruyat e Hilal Committee said on Monday.
"Ramadan moon has been sighted in Begusarai today evening i.e. Monday June 6, 2016", Mufti Muhammand Khalid Qasmi, local Hilal Committee Chief said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam are the states where sunset time and hence Magrib prayers is earlier than other parts of India.
"The sunset time in Begusarai as on today was 06:40 pm", Mufti Khalid said.
A formal announcement by Hilal Committees in other parts of India, Pakistan is expected shortly.
Earlier, various Ruyat e Hilal Committees - the Moon Sighting Committees, in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other countries in the Sub-continent have urged the Muslims to sight the Crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan today i.e. Monday evening, Shaaban 29, 1437 AH, corresponding to June 06, 2016.
"Appeals have been issued using various means to Muslims in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telanaga and other states to sight for the Crescent today evening", Mumbai Ruyat e Hilal Committee office said.
"The Hilal Committees will meet after Maghrib prayers today i.e. Monday to verify and assess moon sighting reports coming from different parts of the country", the office said.
"Accordingly, it will be decided if the first day of Ramadan in India is tomorrow i.e. Tuesday or Wednesday", the office added.
Accroding to the local media reports, similar appeals have also been issued by the Ruyat e Hilal Committees - the Moon Sighting Committees, in Pakistan, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka and other neighboring countries.
The beginning of Ramadan has traditionally been based on “hilal” sightings, which is the traditional method mentioned in the Quran and followed by the Prophet Muhammad.
As per this tradition, a new month in Islamic Calendar begins with sighting of moon on 29th of the prevailing month. If the new moon, Crescent, is sighted, the next day is counted as first day of the next month. If not, the next day is counted as 30th day of the prevailing month and the new month begins thereafter.
The Ramdan moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and other Gulf states except Oman yesterday. Accordingly, the first day of Ramadan in these countries is today i.e. Monday June 06.
In a statement issued late in the evening Sunday, the Moon Sighting Committee in Oman said the moon was not sighted and therefore the fasting month in Oman will begin Tuesday
In a statement issued Sunday late in the evening, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia declared Monday, June 6, 2016, as the first month of Ramadan. The highest court said it made the decision after validating reports of sightings of the Ramadan crescent moon.
Ramadan moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait therefore Monday, June 6, will be the first day of the holy month in the Kingdom and other Arab States, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Sunday.
The UAE, Jordan and the Palestinian territories have also confirmed seeing the Ramadan moon crescent and declared Monday as the first day of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, the report said.
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, also began in Southern Indian state Kerala Monday as the new moon was sighted at Kappad in Kozhikode Sunday evening. This was confirmed by spiritual heads of the community Palayam Imam VP Suhail Maulavi and others.
Muslims in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other European countries rely on moon sighting announcements by Saudi Supreme Court, and begins Ramadan with Arab States.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month.
Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during that month. It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.