Riyadh (UNA-OIC) � Thursday will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court announced, as it did not receive any confirmation of the sighting the crescent moon on Tuesday evening.
In the event of not receiving any testimonies about the sighting of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday evening, Ramadan fasting will begin on Thursday, May 17," the Royal Court said in a statement on Tuesday quoting the Supreme Court.
In Jordan, Grand Mufti Dr. Mohammad Ahmed Al Khalayleh said it was not possible to see the crescent moon of Ramadan on Tuesday evening. Therefore, Thursday will be the first day of the fasting month, Petra news agency reported.
In Palestine, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein on Tuesday evening declared Thursday as the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Yemen's Minister of Endowments and Guidance said that Wednesday is Sha'ban 30 and that Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan because it was not possible to verify the sighting of Ramadan crescent moon on Tuesday after sunset, the official Yemen News Agency reported.
Thursday was declared the first day of Ramadan in all other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states such as UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar as well as many Arab and Muslim countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. Muslim communities in Australia, France, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and parts of India also declared Thursday as the first day of the fasting month.
Source: International Islamic News Agency