Mumbai: The new moon has been sighted in various parts of India which commences the first day of Ramadan on Thursday. Whereas Jama Masjid Mumbai and Idara-e-Sharia Patna has announced Friday as the first day of Ramadan.
“A special meeting of moon sighting was held today evening at New Delhi office of Imarat Shariah. The new moon was not sighted in Delhi. However, based on the reports of moon sighting received from various parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it is declared that Thursday May 17, 2018 will be the first day of Ramadan”, Imarat Shariah said in a signed statement.
Hilal Committee Ludhiana Punjab, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Subai Jamiat Ahle Hadees Mumbai, Jamiat Ahled Hadees Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Imarate Shariah Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand, and a statement jointly issued by Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind and Darul Uloom, Deoband Uttar Pradesh announced start of Ramadan on Thursday.
However, Jama Masjid Mumbai in a late night decision announced that it was unable to confirm sighting of the new moon on Wednesday hence it is decided that the first day of Ramadan will be Friday May 18, 2018.
Following the decision by Mumbai Jama Masjid, the head office of local Hilal Committee, Rooyat-e-Hilal committees in Malegaon, Dhule, Aurangabad and other parts of Maharashtra also declared start of Ramadan 2018 on Friday May 18, 2018.
Idara-e-Sharia Patna, in a press release on May 16 said, “Today 29 Sha’ban moon sighting was arranged in and around Patna, but the Moon has not been seen, so on Friday, May 18 will be the first fast.” There are also reports from some parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Banaras and Maunath Bhanjan, where Muslims have decided to welcome Ramadan on Friday.
Meanwhile, Muslims in almost entire North and South India, also in West Bengal, Punjab and Kashmir have welcomed the month of Ramadan and offered Taraweeh prayers on Wednesday.
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Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have also confirmed the beginning of Ramadan.
According to the Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee Pakistan, first day of Ramadan in Pakistan is Thursday May 17, 2018. On the other hand, Islamic Foundation Bangladesh and Hilal Committee Jhanda Nagar, Nepal say the new moon is not sighted in these countries on Wednesday, hence Ramadan will begin in Bangladesh and Nepal on Friday May 18, 2018.
Ramadan begins on Thursday, May 17, Saudi Arabia announced. Millions of Muslims around the world begins the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday.
South Korea, Japan, Australia and Singapore also declared Ramadan on Thursday.