Ramadan starts from Saturday in the UAE

moon sighting panel to meet again on Friday

DUBAI 26 May 2017: The Moon-Sighting Committee announced it could not sight the crescent moon for the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday evening.

The Committee decided to meet on Friday, 26th May, to spot the crescent moon.

Meanwhile, there is no proof of seeing the crescent moon of Ramadan this evening, said Saudi Supreme Court.

The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court issued a statement this evening saying the Ramadan crescent moon has not been sighted, Saudi Press Agency has reported.

It added the court held a hearing today, 29th of Sha’ban, 1438 AH, according to the calendar of Umm Al Qura, and reached a consensus that Ramadan crescent moon has not been confirmed.

Therefore, the court will hold a hearing on Friday evening to spot the crescent moon and announce it according to the procedures followed in this respect.

Thursday’s Story: Millions of Muslims across the world will be looking out for the Ramadan crescent at dusk today.

The sighting of the crescent will determine whether Ramadan will begin on Friday or Saturday.

Yesterday, the Saudi Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to sight the crescent of the Holy Month of Ramadan on Thursday evening, Sha’ban 29, 1438 H corresponding to May 25th, 2017.

In its announcement, the Supreme Court called on whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the authority of the region’s centre in his area where he sighted the Ramadan moon to facilitate his reaching the nearest court, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

By Sheena Amos