RIYADH – The moon sighting committee in Saudi Arabia will continue to look for the crescent moon of the holy month of Ramadan 2017 when it meets again after the Maghrib Prayers today.
The committee gathered on Thursday to sight the Ramadan 2017 moon, also the Muslims across the kingdom were asked to take part in the holy act.
The Saudi Supreme Court in its announcement directed all Muslims of the kingdom to look for the Ramadan 2017 moon.
But no significant shahadah of the moon sighting was received, so it was then declared that the first Ramadan 2017 in Saudi Arabia will fall on Saturday, May 27, 2017. This ultimately means that the Eid al-Fitr 2017 will most likely fall on July 25th.
Along with Saudi Arabia, all the European and some North African countries will start observing Ramadan from May 27, along with Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Ruet-e-Hilal Central Committee of Pakistan has called a meeting for sighting the of Ramadan moon on Friday, May 26.
Pakistan’s Grand Mufti, Mufti Muneeb Ur Rehman will chair the meeting.
Meteorological Department forecast slight chance of sighting the new moon on the evening of May 26 i.e. on 29th of Shaban, 1438 AH, with fair/partly cloudy weather expected in most parts of the country on the day.