The religious bodies of Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and various other countries have declared that Thursday, May 17 would be the first day of Ramadan this year.
The Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Qatar announced that Wednesday, May 16 is the completion of the month of Shaaban, and that the day after tomorrow,Thursday, May 17, will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
This came in a statement issued by the Committee after its meeting this evening at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, chaired by Dr. Sheikh Thaqeel Al Shammari.
The UAE Moon Sighting Committee announced that the first day of Ramadan this year will be on May 17.
The Moon Sighting Committee had gathered on Tuesday, May 15 (29th day of Shaaban) to look for the crescent moon which signals the start of Ramadan.
Given that the committee was unable to sight the moon and May 16 is the last day of Shaaban, it has been officially announced that Ramadan will start on Thursday, May 17.
Oman on Sunday had announced that May 17 would be the first day of Ramadan in the Sultanate this year. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon have also all officially declared that May 17 will be the first day of Ramadan.
Published on 15 May 2018