Eid Moon Sighting 2019: Saudi Arabia confirms sighting crescent; Moon remains unseen in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan
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Saudi Arabia: Supreme Court asks authorities, citizens to look for Ramadan crescent on Saturday

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has directed the Kingdom residents to attempt sighting the Ramadan moon on May 4, Saturday. The Hilal sighting committee has been asked by the SC to look for the moon today that is the 29th date of the current Islamic month of Shaban.

If the moon is sighted today, the holy month of Ramadan will commence from May 5 and the first Roza will be observed on Sunday. If it’s not observed then Ramadan fasts will begin from Monday, May 6.

“If the moon was not visible then look for it on Sunday, Shaban 30 (May 5, 2019),” the directive states.

If the moon is sighted in KSA, it is important that the moon will be spotted in UAE, Oman, Yemen, Qatar and another part of Gulf. The experts claim that the crescent would, in that case, also be visible in most parts of Africa, West Asia, Europe, and the West.

The high Muslim population in the eastern part of the world, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia and Malaysia will make attempt to sight the moon on May 5. If the crescent is sighted, the month of Ramadan in that region will begin from Monday. If not, Ramzan will begin from Tuesday.

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