Sight Ramadan crescent on June 5, Muslims urged

A Bahraini man points skyward at dusk Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Hamad Town, Bahrain, towards where a slim crescent moon should be visible to indicate the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has asked all Muslims in the country to sight the crescent indicating the advent of the holy month of Ramadan on the evening of June 5.

Any Muslim who sights the crescent should approach the nearest court so as to register his/her testimony, the court said.

If it is difficult to reach the court, then the nearest police station can be approached.

Because Muslims follow a lunar calendar, different moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on June 02, 2016.

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