Islam & Ramadan: A 28-Day Ramadan?

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court met on Tuesday evening, reports The Huffington Post, to determine if Ramadan had ended.

The court will meet again on Wednesday. This means that Eid ul-Fitr will not be celebrated on Wednesday, August 7th, but will probably be on Thursday, August 8th.

The court met to hear from people who might have sighted the new moon. The sighting of the new moon would signal the end of Ramadan and it would mean that this year’s Ramadan only last 28 days.

Read the full story here.

The article notes that reaction among scholars is mixed and that a new moon sighting on Tuesday would indicate a mistake in the start date of Ramadan. Another news outlet Emirates 24/7 also reported on the “Saudi Ramadan rift”:

“Sighting the moon tonight is very unlikely and I expect Eid Al Fitr to start on Thursday,” said Sheikh Saad Al Khathlan, a member of the seven-man Supreme Scholars Committee, the Kingdom’s top Islamic authority created by King Abdullah.

“I disagree with those who say there was a mistake in the start date of Ramadan. The crescent was not sighted on Monday night July 8 so this means Shaaban was 30 days and Ramadan started on July 10. I agree with astronomical calculations which confirmed that Ramadan began on Wednesday July 10.”

Read Emirates 24/7 report here.

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