Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 18 July 2018

Ramadan to begin on August 1, says astronomer

Leading astronomer says crescent moon will not be visible before evening of July 31.

The Islamic holiday of Ramadan will fall on August 1, according to a leading astronomer.

According to tradition, the holiday is announced after a panel of experts makes a sighting of the new moon after sunset.

Mohammed Shawket Oudah, Head of the global Islamic Crescent Observation Project, told UAE news agency Wam that it was originally thought that the sighting would be made on July 30. However, on that day, the moon will set before sunset, making it virtually impossible to sight its crescent.

The crescent will be clearly sighted on the evening of Sunday, July 31, meaning that Ramadan will fall on August 1, he said.