The Ramadan crescent moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia, meaning the holy month will officially begin on Tuesday, April 13, according to an official announcement from the Kingdom’s Supreme Court.
The sighting of the moon was confirmed by a team of astronomy observers in Saudi Arabia’s Hautat Sudair, a small village located at an intersection between Riyadh, Sudair, and Qassim, 140 km north of the capital Riyadh.
Therefore, today, April 12, was the last day of the month of Shaaban, and the holy month will begin on Tuesday, April 13.
Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
The Taraweeh prayers this Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be shortened to 10 raka’ts from 20.