Holy Month Begins on Saturday in France, Spain, Belgium and Saudi Arabia

On this Friday and Saturday, Muslims around the world look up to the sky to see the crescent of the moon at sunset, announcing the start of the month of Ramadan.

Thus the Great Mosque of Paris in France has announced that Saturday will be the first day of the month of Ramadan. The religious commission, made up of imams and representatives of several associations, met this Friday evening, marking the night of doubt. “After consulting scientific calculations and universal astronomical data, the commission determined Saturday April 2, 2022, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan 1443/H-2022,” it said in a statement.

The Council of Theologians of the Muslim Executive of Belgium has also announced that the fasting for the month of Ramadan will begin this year on Saturday, April 2, 2022. “EMB sends its best wishes to all the Muslim population of Belgium and wishes that this blessed month is part of wisdom, patience and solidarity after two years, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the face of which remains vigilant, ”he said in a press release.

Muslims in Spain will also start fasting for the holy month from this Saturday. In a press release, the Islamic Commission in Spain explained that it was based on “observations of the lunar crescent in a certain number of countries”.

Also in Europe, the Federation of Islamic Communities in Italy also announced that Saturday, April 2, 2022, is the first day of the month of Ramadan, which “gives good wishes” to Muslims in the country.

Saturday for Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates, Sunday for the Sultanate of Oman and Jordan

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia announced tonight that the blessed month would begin in the country on Saturday. The country’s Supreme Court in a statement confirmed reports of new moon sightings at at least two places in the country.

According to the announcement made by the religious authorities of the three countries, Ramadan will also start in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar from Saturday. “The Moon Viewing Committee met at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) and confirmed the sighting of the crescent moon,” the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

For their part, the Sultanates of Oman and Jordan announced this Friday evening, that the new moon of the month of Ramadan was not observed. According to the report of Aljazeera, the month of Chabane will last for 30 days and the month of Ramadan will start from Saturday. The announcement for Jordan was made by a press release from the Grand Mufti of Jordan, which was carried by Jordan’s press agency.

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Ramadan begins Saturday in Turkey, Germany and North America

However, the date has already been announced in some countries, which are based more on the method of astronomical calculations. In this way Turkey has announced that the month of Ramadan in the country will start from Saturday. The country’s religious affairs president has already announced this month’s theme on Thursday.

For its part, the Central Council of Muslims (ZMD) in Germany indicated on Wednesday that the blessed month in the country would begin on Saturday 2 April and end on Sunday 1 May. As a result, Ed al Fitr will be celebrated in Germany on May 2, 2022. “The minimum amount for zakkat-al-fitr is set at 7 euros per person/per family and fidya (Islamic compensation for those who do not fast. No) at 5 euros”, the council specified on its site. .

Also in the United States and Canada, the first day of the month of Ramadan is set for Saturday 2 April, while Ad al Fitr, marking the beginning of the month of Chou’l, is set by the Fiqh Council of North America on 2 May 2022. Has been done. , “The Islamic calendar adopted by the FCNA is based on calculations with the Ittihadul-Ma’tali concept for global unity. The FCNA has decided to comply with the fatwa and the European Council for Research (ECFR), which indicates that observation is a necessity. No, but a means of determining the start of a new month. There on their site.

Finally, some Muslims in Australia will start fasting from Saturday. In this sense, the Australian National Council of Imams (ANIC) announced last week that after consultation with the Imams of the Australian Fatwa Council, it has been decided that the blessed month begins in Australia on Saturday 2 April, so that the first night prayer al After Icha prayer will be held this Friday, April 1.

Night of Doubt Saturday in New Zealand and parts of Australia

However, another section of Muslims in Australia still have to observe the crescent on Saturday to decide when to start the fast. Indeed, in a press release published last week, Moonsighting Australia specified that Saturday 2 April would barely coincide with Chabane 29. “As a result, the observation of the lunar crescent will occur on April 2 and the month of Ramadan will begin on either April 3 or April 4, 2022”, specifies the same source.

Both bodies of Muslims in Australia have called for respect for differing opinions when it comes to the start of the blessed month.

For its part, New Zealand’s Federation of Islamic Associations indicated on Friday that the start of the blessed month would only be announced on Saturday 2 April at 7:30 pm (local time). Thus the month of Ramadan must begin on a Sunday or Monday in New Zealand.

In Pakistan too, the Ruet-e-Hilal Central Committee said on Friday that it would meet tomorrow Saturday to observe the lunar crescent, announcing the start of the month of Ramadan. The same source said that the holy month of Ramzan in Pakistan is expected to begin from April 3 (Sunday), while Eid-ul-Fitr is scheduled for May 3.

The month of Ramadan will start in Singapore and Indonesia from Sunday.

Other countries in Asia, for their part, have indicated that the lunar crescent that heralds the start of the month of Ramadan was not seen at sunset this Friday. Thus, Singapore’s Islamic Majlis Ugama announced this Friday that Ramadan in the country will begin on Sunday, April 3, 2022. “According to astronomical calculations, it is unlikely that the crescent moon of the month of Ramadan will be seen at sunset in Singapore tonight. It means that tomorrow (Saturday, Editor’s Note) is the 30th day of the month of Chabane,” they say on their website.

The situation is similar in Malaysia, where according to the country’s religious authorities, the holy month will also begin on Sunday.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs also announced that the moon marking the beginning of the blessed month was not sighted at sunset this Friday. In this way, Indonesian Muslims will start fasting from Sunday.

Remember that in Morocco, the start of the blessed month will be set on the evening of this Friday, April 1, 2022, which corresponds to 29 Chabane 1443.

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