Muslims in Saudi Arabia, where 29th of Shabaan is today, will look for the moon this evening. If the moon is sighted this evening, Ramadan in will begin from tomorrow (April 23). If the moon remains invisible, Shabaan will complete 30 days and Ramadan will start from April 24. Same will be the situation in Turkey and the United Kingdom where Muslims will look for the crescent moon this evening to mark the beginning of Ramadan. Some Muslim communities in the US, UK and Canada will also start observing fast based on the moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.
Here it may be noted that, according to Hilal Committee of Metropolitan Toronto & Vicinity, 29th of Shabaan in Canada will be on April 23. A section of Muslims will attempt to sight the moon tomorrow. If the moon is sighted, they will begin fasting from April 24. However, they will mark the start of Ramadan from April 25 if the moon remains invisible tomorrow. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, a new month begins upon the sighting of a crescent moon on the 29th day of the ongoing month. If the moon is not sighted, the month completes 30 days and a new month begins the next day.
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