Ibrahim Al Jarwan, astronomy researcher and supervisor of Sharjah Planetarium, said at the time that the birth of the crescent moon will be on Thursday, July 19, at 8.24am (UAE time), and the sunset will be at 5.09pm, while the moon will set two minutes after sunset.
"The crescent moon of Shawwal 1433 will born on Friday August 17 at 5.54pm local time, and the sunset will be at 6.49pm same day," he added in comments published by WAM.
Ramadan is one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar. During the holy month, all Muslims are expected to fast during the daylight hours, with some exceptions, such as the elderly, the not able-bodied and young children.
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jaffer Jul 05, 2012 10:20 am
the birth of the crescent will be 19th and not sighting ?
sighting of the moon will 21st. there is a difference between birth and
sighting. we can start fasting after sighting of moon.
Naila Jul 04, 2012 02:58 pm
The headline is misleading - Ramadan starts immediately after sighting of the moon, not two days after. However, the moon is usually not sighted until at least a day after it is astronomically "born", which the article states will be on the evening of the 19th, so it will most likely be sighted on the evening of the 20th, in which case Ramadan will start on the 21st as stated.