The UAE Moon Sighting Committee stated that Ramadan will start today, 29th of June 2014.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims international respect this as a month of fasting. This yearly observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to several biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made compulsory during the month of Sha’aban, in the second year after the Muslims travelled from Mecca to Medina.
According to Dr Hadef Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, after the committee’s meeting at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi, that after contacting nearby nations and following all Sharia procedures to locate the new crescent of Ramadan, the crescent was not seen on Friday night, hence, Saturday will be the completion of the month of Sha’aban and today will be the first day of Ramadan.
He extended heartfelt greetings on the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, their brothers Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He also congratulated the citizens of the UAE and Muslims all across the world.