Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from May 17

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

Meetings of the zonal committees were also held in provincial capitals.

Speaker during a presser here on Wednesday, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman said, "Testimonies declaring that the moon was sighted have been received from Upper Dir, Buner, Nathia Gali, Quetta and Abbottabad". Scores of Islamic faithful usually commemorate the month-long period with dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers.

The first day of Ramazan was observed across Pakistan on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Khalid Ejaz Mufti, the Secretary General of the Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) had said that the holy month could begin from Thursday despite the fact that Ramazan moon was not sighted in Gulf and the Far East countries.

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Banks across Pakistan will remain open from 8am to 2.15pm throughout Ramadan, according to a notification issued by the State Bank of Pakistan. As per the website, the moon's age will be 26 hours and 45 minutes today and will remain on the sky for 59 minutes after sunset.

Ramadan will also start from 17 May in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Oman, Indonesia, and several other countries.

The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan during which Muslims all around the world will be keeping fasts from crack of dawn to dusk.

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