Ramadan 2021 Moon sighting LIVE updates:
The moon crescent, which would mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, has not been spotted in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Royal Court is scheduled to meet today i.e. Sunday April 11, 2021 soon after Salat al Maghrib to ascertain and confirm the reports of moon sighting.
Similar meetings have also been planned in UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Qatar (Doha), Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Turker and other countries in the Middle East.
Ramadan 2021 start date in Saudi Arabia
If the moon is sighted on April 11, the month of Ramadan and the first day of fasting among Muslims start from the dawn of April 12. The Saudi Supreme Court said, “In the event of not receiving any testimonies about sighting of the Ramadan crescent Sunday, the 30 days of Shaban will be completed on Monday and the fasting month will begin on Tuesday April 13, 2021. This is in line with the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).”
Qatar calls on Muslims to sight the crescent for Ramadan on Sunday
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— وزارة الأوقاف – قطر (@AwqafM) April 10, 2021
09:30 am (Makkah Time): Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and states in the Middle East will decide and confirm today i.e. Sunday April 11, 2021 the start date of Ramadan 2021 – the Holy Month of Fasting.
Saudi Royal Court is scheduled to meet today i.e. Sunday April 11, 2021 soon after Salat al Maghrib to ascertain and confirm the reports of crescent moon sighting.
Similar meetings have also been planned in UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Qatar (Doha), Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Turkey and other countries in the Middle East.
A new month in the Islamic Calendar begins with sighting of the crescent – the new moon, on the 29th day of an on-going month.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has issued appeals to all Muslims in the Kingdom and around to sight the crescent, the Ramadan Moon today i.e. Sunday April 11, 2021 corresponding to 29th Sha’ban 1442H.
Besides the Saudi Royal Court, appeals to sight the Ramadan 2021 moon have also been issued by ministries and moon sighting departments in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Palestine, Muscat, Egypt, Turkey and other Middle East states.
The Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Qatar and Ministry of Religious Affairs UAE also appealed to the people in Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and around to sight the Ramadan 2021 moon today i.e. Sunday April 11, 2021.
Ramadan 2021 start date in other Arab States
The Arab states including Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are all expected to follow Saudi Arabia’s sighting of the new moon.
Other countries have independent sightings. But Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria are also likely to begin fasting with Saudi Arabia while countries further east and west will commence as the moon is sighted.
On the other hand, Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other South Asian countries will sight the moon on Monday April 12. If the new moon is sighted on Monday, Ramadan in these countries will start from Tuesday April 13, 2021. Else, the holy month in the South Asian countries will start from Wednesday April 14, 2021.
Ramadan in India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia might start of the same day
Most of the observers in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries based on their calculations are of the view that Ramadan in the Kingdom and other Arab States will start on Tuesday April 13, 2021.
Hence, if the moon is sighted in India or Pakistan on Monday April 12, Muslims in South Asia will get the rare chance of beginning the holy month of fasting with fellow Muslims in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Ramadan 2021 start date UK, US
Most of the countries in other parts of the world including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France rely on moon sighting reports of Saudi Arabia. This year however they started counting the month of Sha’ban a day later than Saudi Arabia.
The UK has a body of Ulema that decides the start of Ramadan and also takes a call on Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha. Accordingly, Wifaq ul Ulama UK will meet Monday 29th of Sha’ban 1442H to decide the start of Ramadan in London and other parts of Britain.
“Wifaqul Ulama urges Muslims in Britain to attempt to sight the Moon for Ramadhan 1442 on the evening of Monday the 12th of April 2021. This will be the 29th of Shaʿbān 1442”, the body said.
Muslims in Singapore, New Zealand, Auatralia and nearby countries where Sun sets first will also decide on Monday 29th of Sha’ban when Ramadan will begin in these countries.
Why Muslims fast in Ramadan?
Muslims around the world observe fast and refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during the 30 days of Ramadan. Since the days are longest in this season, Muslims fast from 17 hours in some region to as many as 23 hours in some others.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five tenants of Islam and is compulsory on every adult men and women. It is not mandatory on children. Yet a huge majority of children observe fast along with their parents and other family members despite scorching heat.