Egyptians to start Ramadan fasting on Thursday

Muslim families feast together with a traditional meal after sunset and before sunrise during the month of Ramadan

Muslim families feast together with a traditional meal after sunset and before sunrise during the month of Ramadan

If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia declares the beginning of Ramadan from today, most among the Muslims in Europe would begin fasting from tomorrow.

Working hours shortened for the public and private sector for the holy month.

Saudi Arabian moon observers said there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy month on Thursday.

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The UAE has yet to make a formal announcement and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department urged the public to wait for an official announcement from the UAE's Moon-sighting committee before spreading rumours. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving.

The public and private sector will work reduced hours.

In announcing the date, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) noted that according to astronomical calculations as agreed upon by member countries of The Informal Meeting of the Religious Affairs Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the last day of the current Islamic month of Syaaban ends on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

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This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.

At the moment, in line with Sharjah's Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences's predication earlier this year, it is expected that the Holy Month will start on 17 May this year. In a post on their verified Facebook page, the council said Taraweeh prayers will be held on Wednesday, May 16. At Tecom, the tariff will apply from 8am to 6pm, while in the multi-level parking lots, the fees will be applicable 24/7 (read detailed report). On Thursdays, the service will be from 5am to 1am (the next day); and Fridays from 10am to 1am.

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