Saudi Arabia: Ramadan fasting to start on June 29
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset
Saudi Arabia's Islamic project for monitoring the moon has said the first day of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, will be Sunday, June 29. It said the Ramadan crescent cannot be seen on June 27 and as such June 28 will be the last day of Shaaban.
More than 30 astronomers specialized in Islamic astronomy have signed a statement asking all concerned bodies in Islamic countries to verify crescent sightings.
They pointed out that on June 27 the crescent cannot be seen neither by the naked eye nor by specialized telescopes. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, as one of the five pillars of Islam.
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