The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramadan 2009 Announcement in Mecca (Makkah) Saudi Arabia

It has been announced that Muslims in Saudi Arabia will begin the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, August 22, 2009. Most of the Arab countries and Iran will also follow suit and start their fasting on the same day.

This will apply to countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Because Islam follows a lunar calendar, Ramadan begins each year about 11 days earlier; its start is traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon.

After the crescent was failed to be spotted on Thursday night, the first possible sighting, it was expected on Friday, with fasting to begin at daybreak on Saturday.

Muslims in Libya, as well Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, who had determined the lunar month according to astronomical calculations, had begun their fasting on Friday, August 21, 2009.

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Mubarak

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