No moon sightings were reported in multiple countries to mark the commencement of Ramadan, signaling that the Muslims’ holy month is likely to be effective from May 17, 2018.
Announcements from at least nine countries signified that the moon warranting the start of Ramadan was not sighted Tuesday night and, therefore, the first fast is dated on May 17.
The moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia, Arab media reported, adding that they were waiting for an official announcement from the state, which came a few hours later.
The Arab media had said Ramadan would start on May 17, with the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia confirming the date in its subsequent official announcement.
In Dubai, too, an announcement was expected as of reporting time as the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) moon-sighting committee meeting continues in Abu Dhabi.
The moon was not sighted and an official announcement was awaited, Arab media said in regard to Ramadan in the UAE.
The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) also avowed that the Ramadan moon was not sighted anywhere in Australia, therefore, the holy month would commence on Thursday.
The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Japan said it had not received any reports of moon sightings from Tokyo or any other Japanese city and, thus, Ramadan would commence on May 17.
No moon sightings were reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore or Oman, according to the news on Arab television, which reiterated that the holy month of Ramadan is most likely to commence on Thursday.