Ramadan 2018 to begin on Thursday in UAE, moon not sighted

Pauline Gross
May 16, 2018

In fact, Muslims are not permitted to fast on Eid Al-Fitr and it falls on the first day of Shawwal, which is the tenth month, according to the lunar Islamic calendar.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, wam announced that the Ramadan crescent wasn't sighted today, hence Wednesday will be the last day of Shaaban - with the holy month of Ramadan beginning on Thursday.

Shortly after Saudi announcement, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, posted an Instagram story - announcing that Ramadan will begin on Thursday (May 17) this year.

"Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday 16th May, 2018 equivalent to 29th Sha'aban 1439 AH".

The holiday commemorate the revelation of the sacred scripture of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

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With the moon being sighted, fasting for an entire month, between dawn to dusk, would be obligatory for the believing Muslims from tomorrow.

Ramadan begins a day earlier in other parts of the world, depending on when a new moon is seen. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving.

Thousands of school pupils will be sitting examinations during Ramadan this year.

Drivers have been urged not to rush to and from work and to allow extra time for their journey.

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