Saturday declared first day of Ramadan

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Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court has announced that, based on confirmed sightings of Ramadan’s new moon crescent, the first day of Ramadan 1438 fasting will be Saturday, May 27.

Saturday was confirmed the first day of Ramadan in 33 other countries also, whereas Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Shia Muslims in Iraq declared Sunday May 28 to be their first day of Ramadan.

As per tradition, the sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan.

Countries that confirmed May 27 as Ramadan are:
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Australia
Bahrain
Bosnia
Brunei
Canada
Egypt
Ethiopia
Ghana
Iran
Iraq (Sunnis)
Indonesia
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Oman
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
South Africa
Somalia
Sudan
Tunisia
Malaysia
Mauritania
Morocco
Nigeria
UAE
Uganda
UK
United States
Yemen

“Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem” are common greetings exchanged in this occasion, wishing the recipient a blessed and generous Ramadan.

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