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First day of Ramadan is Thursday in the UK, Argentina and Algeria

Muslims from all over the world are impatiently waiting the first day of Ramadan. Muslims in France, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to start fasting on Thursday.

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The Islamic Center of the Argentine Republic announced that the Ramadan is to start on Thursday, 17th of May, in the South American country, says MAP news agency.

On the other hand, the Ivorian news agency reported that the 1st of Ramadan in Ivory Coast is Wednesday 16th of May.

Thursday, 17th of May, will be the 1st of Ramadan 1439 Hijri in the UK, according to the London Central Trust and the Islamic Cultural Centre.

Meanwhile, Algeria announced, Tuesday, that the 1st day of the holy month is Thursday, 17th of May, as well.

The Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB) has issued a statement announcing that the Ramadan fasting will begin this year on Thursday, May 17th.

Saudi Arabia has officially announced, Tuesday, that Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan. The Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the information later today.

Oman was the first Arab country to announce the start of the holy month. According to the committee in charge of moon sighting, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs at the Sultanate confirmed that Thursday, 17th of May, will be the first day of Ramadan, says Emirati newspaper Al Bayan.

Muslims in Malaysia will begin the Ramadan dawn-to dusk fast on Thursday (May 17), said Malaysian news agency Bernama, quoting the nation’s Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

Meeting at the Grand Mosque of Paris, the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF) announced Thursday as the first day of Ramadan in the European country.

Bahrain, Jordan, UAE, and Iraq announced May the 17th as the start of the holy month, reports the Gulf News.

The Australian National Imams Council, on the other hand, issued a statement today to announce that Thursday marks the start of Ramadan in the country.

In Japan, the committee in charge of «Ruyat-e-Hilal» (Observation of the moon) reported that Ramadan «falls on Thursday, May 17, 2018, as the Hilal was neither sighted in Japan nor in Malaysia on 29 Shaaban 1439».

In Indonesia, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs, announced that the 1st of Ramadan 1439 is on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, as reported by CNN.

The Hilal Observation Committee of the Qatari Ministry of Islamic Affairs has just announced that Wednesday, May 16, is the last day of Chaabane. Thus, Qatar will have the first day of Ramadan on Thursday, May 17, reports Al Arab.

As for Morocco, moon sighting will take place tomorrow, announced Tuesday the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs.

Article modified on : 16.05.2018 11h23

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