Ramadan to begin Sep 1, says Qatari astronomer (Lead)

August 22nd, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 22 (IANS) The holy Islamic month of Ramadan this year will begin Sep 1, according to a leading Qatari astrologer.In a statement to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), Khalid Abdullah Turki Al Subaei, professor of astronomy, said that the moon’s crescent or Hilal for Ramadan would be “born” Aug 30 or the 29th day of the Islamic calendar’s month of Sha’ban around 11 p.m. Qatar time.

“The moonset will occur before the sunset Saturday (Aug 30), thus the crescent would not be seen on that day all over the Muslim world, therefore the month of Sha’ban should be complete, and Ramadan is to begin Monday, Sept 1,” he said.

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