Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. The Ramadan fast, in which food and water are prohibited during daylight hours, is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? In Iran, Ramadan is expected to begin on Saturday as well. While fasting, Muslims must also abstain from sex, gossip and cursing. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Special Moon Events in 2020. The Sunnis in Lebanon are due to begin their fasting on Friday, alongside a smaller group of Shiites who rely on astronomical calculations to determine the beginning of the holy month. 23, 2020. Oman said the fasting month will begin on Saturday as the sultanate's religious authority did not sight the crescent moon on Thursday evening. Moon Sighting in Saudi Arabia Eid ul Fitr 2020, Saudi Arabia will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday, May 25, 2020, & UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman This year, the coronavirus pandemic has cut off the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims from their cherished Ramadan rituals as health officials battle to ward off new infections during Islam’s holiest month, when large gatherings and family celebrations are a tradition. The Saudi statement came on the kingdom's state-run Saudi Press Agency while the Emiratis made the announcement through their state-run WAM news agency. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Arabia and some other Muslim-majority nations, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, declared that the holy month of Ramadan — when the faithful observe a dawn-to-dusk fast — would begin on Friday, based on a moon-sighting methodology. Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2020: Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world have been waiting to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The faithful are encouraged to spend time in contemplation, prayer, reading the Quran and charity during the day. Saudi Arabia announces start of Ramadan after sighting moon Saudi Arabia and some other Muslim-majority nations, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, have declared that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on Friday, based on a moon-sighting methodology By The Associated Press April 23, 2020, 12:29 PM In Saudi Arabia, the UAE moon sighting committee will meet remotely on the evening of May 22, in an attempt to see the new crescent moon. Youm e Arafat 2020 … The crescent - as predicted - is likely to be spotted … The Shawwal moon crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Friday, hence Eid Al Fitr will be on Sunday, May 24, according to authorities. Eid al-Adha 2020 in Saudi Arabia on July 31; Hajj 2020 on July 30 The Dhul Hijjah moon if sighted today will also decide when Hajj 2020 i.e. USA. A Palestinian plays with fireworks as he celebrates the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, April. The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Sunday, November 15 from San Gabriel CA. ... November 25, 2020 (Wed) Rabi-al-Thani 10, 1442 AH Date by ISNA/Fiqh Council of N. America ... moon phases. Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison, Scientists, students demand action to keep Arecibo radio telescope operating, Trump and allies still refuse to accept election loss, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes flight in virus times. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Riyadh on Jan 10 – Jan 11; Super Full Moon: Mar 9; Micro New Moon: Mar 24; Super Full Moon: Apr 8; Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Riyadh on Jun 5 – Jun 6; Black Moon: Aug 19 (third New Moon in a season with four New Moons) Micro Full Moon: Oct 2; Super New Moon: Oct 16 In Lebanon, the Supreme Shiite Council announced that moon sighting was not possible on Thursday, indicating that Ramadan would begin for the community on Saturday. More Ad Links.