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Saudi declares Thursday first day of Ramadan

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Saudi Arabian Government through its Supreme Court, has declared that Thursday, March 23rd, would mark commencement of this year’s Ramadan fasting.

It said that the date was fixed after it’s officials were unable to sight the crescent moon yesterday which correspond with the 29th day of Shaban.

According to the Supreme Court, Thursday, March 23, will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan after calculating month of Shaban to 30.

The apex court verdict was made public through a short statement released on its social media handle in the country.

Before the declaration, the court had called on Muslims in the Kingdom to look for the Ramadan crescent on yesterday evening that corresponds to Shaban 29, 1444, but they were unable to sight any.

Also, the Ministry of Justice, who had launched an electronic system for crescent sighting, with the aim of automating and governing the moon sighting processes, and unifying work procedures between the courts of first instance and the Supreme Court, could not find the moon.

The service aims to unify the data source of the observatory through a robust electronic system that provides speed and integration with the relevant authorities, raising the quality of the observatory operations, and speeding up the issuance of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding new moon sightings.

More than 1.9 billion Muslims around the world will mark the holy month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn until sunset

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