The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics has unveiled that the Ramadan moon would be born at 1:48 pm on Tuesday, Sha’ban 29, 1439 of the Hijri Calendar which makes the date of 15th May 2018 that is Tuesday in Egypt’s local time.
As per the institute’s calculations, as reported by the local sources, the holy month of Ramadan would be starting from the 17th May that is Thursday and is slated to have twenty-nine days, with Eid Ul Fitr forecasted on the 15th of June that is Friday.
According to the Astronomical calculations, the new moon would set two minutes after sunset in Makkah.
In Cairo and other Egyptian states, the crescent would set either with the sun or two or three minutes after it.
In other Arab and Islamic capitals and cities, the moon would set before the sun does either from one to fourteen minutes.
The moon sets at sunset in Palestine, Jerusalem and in Riyadh—Saudi Arabia.
Ramadan is considered as the holiest month of the year for Muslims throughout the world as it was the month in which the Holy Book—Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat-al-Qadr—which falls on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan.
”The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and the clear proof for guidance and criterion. So, whoever sights (the new moon of) the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and doesn’t intend for you hardship and wants for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you: and perhaps you will be grateful.’
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185
Fasting is considered as one of the five pillars of Islam. The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar and is celebrated with great spirit and devotion throughout the Muslim countries.
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