Monday, September 01, 2008
Alhamdulillah, Ramadan is here again....
Muslims in Malaysia and neighbouring countries begin fasting today at the start of the blessed month of Ramadan.
The holy fasting month also started in most Arab and Gulf countries as well as North America and European countries, according to web portal IslamOnline.net (IOL).
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen and Mauritania had announced Saturday, August 30, that Ramadan will start today.
IOL reported that the politically-divided Palestinians will be united in starting the holy fasting month on Monday after the religious authorities in both Gaza Strip and the west Bank issued statements to that end.
Sunni religious authorities in both Iraq and Lebanon announced Saturday that the new crescent was not sighted and that Ramadan will fall on Monday.
Syria's top Islamic judge confirmed that the holy month of Ramadan will start today.
In Cairo, the grand mufti of Egypt confirmed that the new crescent was not sighted Saturday and that fasting will also start today.
The minister of justice and religious affairs in Djibouti also announced Monday as the start of Ramadan.
The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) confirmed that Ramadan will fall on the first day of September based on astronomical calculations.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith, Central London Mosque, the imams' society in the Netherlands, the imams' association in Belgium and the Islamic Center in Milan decided to follow ECFR on the start of Ramadan.
Muslims in Bosnia and Serbia will observe the first day of Ramadan on Monday, the Islamic Sheikhdom of Bosnia and Serbia had said.
Croatian Muslims will follow neighbouring Bosnia in observing the beginning of the holy fasting month.
Turkey's Presidency of Religion Affairs, the country's highest religious institution, had earlier announced Monday as the start of Ramadan based on calculations.
Muslims in Macedonia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Bulgaria will be following Turkey in observing the dawn-to-dusk fast.
Muslims in Germany, Austria, Romania and Ukraine begin fasting today based on calculations, according to Muslim organizations.
The Islamic endowment authorities in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia decided to follow Saudi Arabia and Egypt in observing Ramadan as of Monday.
Australian Muslims will start fasting Ramadan on Monday, according to the Islamic center in Canberra.
The deputy head of the Russian Council of Muftis told IOL Monday has been confirmed as the start of Ramadan according to astronomical calculations.
The head of the Islamic cultural center in Saint Petersburg told the portal that the Islamic republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kirghizstan always follow Turkey in depending on astronomical calculations.
Muslim scholars in the Philippines also announced that Ramadan will fall on Monday based on astronomical calculations.
Most Muslims in China will start fasting today based on astronomical calculations.
* To friends who have sent me Ramadan greetings via sms and email, thank you. Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan that brings with it the love of Allah!
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