Qatar’s Islamic Affairs ministry (Awqaf) is asking Muslims in Qatar to look to the sky tonight (Thursday) after sunset to try to spot the new moon.
In a statement posted on its social media pages, Awqaf said anyone who sees the crescent should head to their headquarters in Dafna to report his/her testimony.
— وزارة الأوقاف – قطر (@AwqafM) May 24, 2017
If the moon is spotted today, that means Ramadan has begun, and Friday, May 26 will be the first day of fasting.
If it’s not seen, then Saturday, May 27 will be the first day of fasting.
This will mean different working hours for most people, and the closure of many restaurants and coffee shops during the daytime.
For those who need a refresher course, here are some things to know about Ramadan in Qatar.