Ramadan Commences Across the Middle East with Crescent Moon Sighting


New Delhi: The sighting of the crescent moon over Saudi Arabia on Sunday has heralded the beginning of Ramadan, the sacred Islamic month of fasting and spiritual renewal, with observances set to commence from Monday in much of the Middle East, including Qatar and the UAE.

Lunar Observations Dictate Ramadan’s Onset

The Islamic calendar’s reliance on lunar phases means that Ramadan’s duration, typically spanning 29 or 30 days, is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. This practice results in varying start dates each year. Ramadan, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, invites Muslims worldwide to engage in a month-long journey of fasting, prayer, and acts of charity, fostering a time for deep spiritual reflection and discipline.

UAE Embellishes Ramadan with Cultural Richness and Scholarly Discourse

In anticipation of Ramadan, the United Arab Emirates is adorning its cities with festive decorations, embodying the Emirati spirit of compassion and tolerance. This year’s celebration is particularly noteworthy as the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments is set to welcome 20 distinguished scholars from diverse nations, including India. These scholars will impart their wisdom across the UAE, delivering multilingual lectures at the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, local mosques, Quranic centers, and through the innovative Smart Preaching Platform. Community gatherings will also benefit from this enriching exchange of knowledge, further enhancing the Ramadan experience.

A Confluence of Traditions and Modernity

The UAE’s Ramadan observance is a blend of age-old traditions and contemporary practices. From the communal Iftar meals that break the daily fast to the spiritual solace found in Taraweeh prayers, the country is a tapestry of cultural and religious fervor. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments’ initiative to host scholars contributes to a global dialogue, reinforcing the UAE’s commitment to fostering a culture of understanding and enlightenment during this holy month.


Embracing the Spirit of Ramadan

As the crescent moon ascends, signaling the start of Ramadan, Muslims in the Middle East and around the world turn inward, embracing a period of self-restraint and contemplation. The shared experience of fasting from dawn until dusk, engaging in additional prayers, and performing charitable deeds, unites the community in a profound expression of faith and solidarity. The UAE’s vibrant celebrations and scholarly events serve as a testament to the enduring relevance of Ramadan’s message of peace, charity, and self-improvement in today’s world.