Friday, July 13, 2012

‘Ramadan’ on July 20

‘Ramadan’ on July 20:

KUWAIT CITY, July 12, (KUNA): Astronomical calculations indicate that the holy month of Ramadan will most likely start in Kuwait next Friday, July 20, Meteorologist Dr Saleh Al-Ujairi said Thursday.

Al-Ujairi pointed out that the new crescent will be observed next Thursday.

While the crescent would only be visible for one minute in Kuwait, other countries will be able to witness the new crescent for up to 18 minutes.

Al-Ujairi added other countries will be able to witness the crescent in one night for a period of 32 to 47 minutes, adding that this year’s Ramadan would complete 30 days.

The Kuwaiti meteorologist noted that people will be able to see the new crescent on first day of fasting with naked eye for a period of 41 minutes.

Al-Ujairi said that the period of fasting on the first day will be 15 hours and 18 minutes, gradually decreasing to 14 and 33 minutes by the end of the month.

The holy month of Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims across the world.

The beginning of the fast is announced upon the actual sighting of the crescent, and not based on lunar calculations only. It is a month of great boon in the Islamic faith, and fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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