Ramadan 2022 to start on Saturday in Saudi Arabia

Observers spotted the new moon on Friday evening

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Saudi Arabia will observe Ramadan from Saturday, state media in the kingdom has reported.

Observers spotted the new moon on Friday evening and reported the sighting to religious authorities.

After approving the sighting, the Saudi Supreme Court said that Saturday will be the first day of the holy month.

Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic — or Hijri — calendar. It is also believed to be the month the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset every day of the month, which is typically 29 or 30 days.

The month is also a period during which Muslims seek to strengthen their faith through prayer and increased recitation of the Quran.

Saudi Arabia has eased Covid-19 restrictions for Ramadan this year. This allows worshippers to return to mosques at full capacity without any social-distancing measures, after two years.

Neighbouring UAE will also begin Ramadan on Saturday, the UAE's moon-sighting committee confirmed.

Ramadan will begin in Oman on Sunday, however, after a moon-sighting committee did not spot the crescent, the Oman News Agency reported.

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Updated: April 02, 2022, 11:21 AM