Al Noor mosque at Sharjah Buhairah Corniche
Al Noor mosque at Sharjah Buhairah Corniche. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

Ramadan dates confirmed in UAE

Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia's Saudi Gazette has tweeted that the Ramadan crescent was sighted at Hotat Sudair Observatory. Monday is the first day of Ramadan.

Iraq has spotted the crescent of Ramadan, say sources. Malaysia declares that Ramadan will begin tomorrow, May 6. Pakistan, on the other hand, has declared that the Holy Month will begin a day later, according to the newspaper Dawn.

The Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee will meet on Sunday after Maghreb prayer under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice.

The Sharia courts across the country will follow up and inform the committee of any sightings, while the Lunar Calendar Committee at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department will continue collecting evidence and informing the Moon Sighting Committee with the findings.

According to some Saudi sources, Sunday will be the last day of Sha'ban and Monday will be the first day of Ramadan.  Saudi Araba called on all Muslims around the world to sight the crescent of Ramadan on Sunday. Accordingly, moon-sighting committees will convene on tomorrow’s evening to sight the crescent of Ramadan.

Ramadan 2019 to likely begin on May 6 in the UAE and Kuwait, say sources.

Australia and Turkey have declared that Ramadan 2019 will begin on Monday, May 6.

-with inputs from WAM