The first day of Ramadan is Monday in Australia, France and Belgium

Several countries, around the world, will be celebrating the first day of Ramadan on Monday, including Australia, Belgium and France. Moonsighting will be conducted Sunday in Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritania.

The holy month of Ramadan. / Ph. DR
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The first day of Ramadan is on Monday, May the 6th, Australian National Imams Council announced on its official Facebook page, Friday. «The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad and the Australian National Imams Council wish to make the following statement : the holy month of Ramadan for this year (1440H – 2019) will begin on Monday», the same source said.

«The first night of the holy month of Ramadan and Taraweeh prayer will be on Sunday, May 5», the Council stressed in the same statement.

In Belgium, Muslims will be fasting on Monday, May 6th, after the Muslim Executive of Belgium announced in a communiqué, sent to Yabiladi on Saturday, that the last day of Sha'ban will be on Sunday. 

In Indonesia and Malaysia, which are usually the first Asian countries with large Muslim communities to announce the start of Ramadan, the new moon will be observed on Sunday, May 5. The same thing goes for Japan, according to the Japanese committee Ruyat-e-Hilal, a body that is in charge of observing the crescent moon. Moonsighting will take place at the International Islamic Center of Japan, in Tokyo.

Moonsighting in North Africa

In France, Monday May 6 will mark the beginning of Ramadan, announced the Great Mosque of Paris and the Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) on Saturday, May 4.

In Qatar, the holy month will begin Monday, May 6, said the Qatari Ministry of Religious and Islamic Affairs on its official Twitter account.

In Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court confirmed that Ramadan will start on Monday, May 6, according to an official statement shared online. In the United Arab Emirates, the 1st day of Ramadan will be on Monday. Meanwhile, Kuwait and Iraq announced that the last day of Sha’ban is on Sunday, confirming that Monday is the first day of the holy month.

For the record, moonsighting will be conducted tomorrow in Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritania.

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