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Ramadan likely to begin in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening

If the crescent moon is seen, Friday, April 24 will mark the first full-day of Ramadan

Ramadan likely to begin in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening

If the crescent moon is seen, Friday, April 24 will mark the first full-day of Ramadan. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Ramadan is likely to begin on Thursday evening, April 23, if the crescent moon is sighted, according to Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court.

“Anyone who sights the moon through a telescope or naked eye should inform the nearest court,” the court said.

If the crescent moon is seen, Friday, April 24 will mark the first full-day of Ramadan.

Around the Muslim world, authorities have warned that this year’s Ramadan – which begins in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic – will be significantly different than past years.

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, for example, has warned that Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr prayers should be performed at home.

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said that mass prayers during the Holy Month will not go on.

Last Thursday, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah said it would not be holding events in which evening Iftar meals are distributed to worshippers in need.

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