Holy month of Ramadan begins in Saudi Arabia

Muslims in Middle East and West begin fasting from Tuesday

April 12, 2021

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —The holy month of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia will begin on Tuesday, April 13, according to an official announcement on Monday.

“Tuesday, April 13, is the first of Ramadan for the year 1442H,” the Supreme Court was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Saudi royal court.

This will be the second year when Ramadan will be observed amid COVID-19 precautionary measures.

The statement further said the Supreme Court held a session to receive testimonies of those who sighted the Ramadan crescent this evening. After looking into the testimonies it received, the Supreme Court confirmed that the moon was sighted in several governorates and rural centers of the Kingdom.

As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that we should start and complete our fasting on sighting the moon, the Supreme Court decided that Tuesday is the 1st of Ramadan 1442H corresponding to April 13, 2021.

While announcing this confirmation of the Ramadan moon sighting, the Supreme Court also offered its congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, the Saudi government and people, Muslim residents of the Kingdom and the whole Muslim ummah on this holy month.

The Supreme Court said, it prays to Almighty Allah to assist Muslims in their fasting of the holy month and performing their prayers. The court also prayed that Allah Almighty accept Muslims’ good deeds, unify their ranks, and reconcile them.

Ramadan began in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on Tuesday except Oman. Wednesday, April 14 will be the first day of Ramadan in the Sultante, Oman’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs announced on Tuesday.

Muslims in several Arab and Muslim countries, as well as Muslim minorities in other countries, will also start observing fasting on Tuesday. They include United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, as well as European Union countries, Britain, United States, Russia and parts of India.

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