By Staff writer
The Holy month of Ramadan traditionally begins the morning after the new moon is seen
The UAE has confirmed the first day of the holy month of Ramadan will be Monday, August 1, the state news agency WAM confirmed Saturday.
“The moon sighting committee has announced that tomorrow Sunday will be the 30th of Sha'aban,” WAM reported. “The first day of the holy month of Ramadan will be Monday 1 August 2011.”
Reports from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar said the new moon had not been sighted after sunset on Saturday, indicating that Sunday would be regarded as the last day of the Muslim lunar month preceding Ramadan.
Muslims scan the sky at night in search of the new moon to determine the start of Ramadan, the holiest month for the world's more than one billion Muslims, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk.
All Muslim adults are expected to observe a fasting period during daylight hours, leading public sector firms and government departments to reduce their operating hours during the day.
The UAE’s Ministry of Labour said last week that working hours for all employees in the private sector should be cut from eight to six hours during the Holy month, with no impact on salary.
congratulations of Ramzan Karim to All UAE Muslim brothers . I wish we all Muslim could celebrate our festivals on the same day . In Pakistan we may have Ramzan on Tuesday or on wednesady which is pity
Who says that private companies work for only six hours during Ramadan? They work for more than 9 hours during these months. Looks good on paper, not in real life.