DOHA: Fasting for the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Saturday, April 2.
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-majority countries rely on moon sighters’ testimony to identify the beginning of Ramadan, which is decided by the sighting of the new moon.
After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, pilgrims will be able to make the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in full numbers this year, after Saudi Arabia eased most restrictions just before Ramadan.
Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are all likely to see the new moon after Saudi Arabia.
Other nations with independent sightings include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey, but Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, and Syria are also expected to begin fasting on Saturday, while countries further east and west will do so as the moon is observed.
Ramadan’s new moon will occur on April 1 at 06:24 GMT, according to Crescent Moon Watch, a moon tracker sponsored by the United Kingdom’s Nautical Almanac Office. The moon may be visible in areas of North, Central, and South America on that day. The moon will be visible in most parts of the world on April 2.
The crescent’s visibility will be determined by elements such as weather, cloudiness, and the distance between the sun and the moon on the horizon.
Ramadan is the month in which the Prophet Muhammad received the first verses of the Quran over 1,400 years ago.
Observant Muslims fast from soon before sunrise, or Fajr, prayer till sunset, or Maghrib, prayer throughout the month.