Ramadan moon crescent sighted in the Islamic world

The crescent for the holy month of Ramadan was sighted in Saudi Arabia, in the United Arab Emirates and in other parts of the world on Thursday, and accordingly, Friday, April 24, will be the first day of Ramadan 2020.

The crescent was seen by the Hawtah Observatory, Sudair, in Saudi Arabia, Arabic daily Al Riyadh announced. Also, the UAE’s moon-sighting committee saw the crescent on Thursday.

The new moon indicates that Shaban, the month preceding Ramadan, has ended and that the holy month has begun. Traditionally, the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia observe the holy month on the same dates, while Oman’s religious authority calls Ramadan independently of the rest of the Arabian Gulf.

During this month, Muslims do not consume any food or drinks between fajr (dawn) and maghrib (sunset) prayers – not even water.

Non-Muslims should behave respectfully, remembering to dress conservatively and to not eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours.

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