The holy month of Ramadan will start on June 6 and end on July 5 this year, senior astronomers have said.
Bahrain Astronomical Society (BAS) Deputy Chairman Waheeb Al Nasser said that the crescent marking the start of the lunar month would be possible on Sunday, June 5, making the start of the fasting the next day.
“Muslims in Bahrain will be fasting for 15 hours and 18 minutes on the first day of the holy month, and 15 hours and seven minutes on the last day,” he said in remarks posted by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
In a statement issued by the news agency Wam recently, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, said: “The new moon of Ramadan is to appear on June 5 at around 6.59pm UAE time, but it will disappear at around 7.25pm or 17 minutes after sunset of the same day.
He also pointed out that despite the low height of the new moon of Ramadan, it can still be seen with advanced devices.
Fasting time to be over 15 hours
“The fasting time will reach a maximum of 15 hours and 10 minutes,” said Al Jarwan, who is also a researcher in astronomy.
The holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on June 6, and throughout the four weeks, temperatures are expected to remain at an average of 42 and 43 degrees Celsius across the country.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the 12-month lunar-based Islamic calendar followed by Muslims. The premise for fasting Ramadan is that the month begins with the start of the lunar cycle.
However, pinning the start of Ramadan has often been a point of debate among Muslims upset over how countries are claiming sightings on different dates and starting the month on different days.
Throughout Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and engaging in sensual pleasures from sunrise to sunset and should focus on their relationship with God.