This year, fasting during the month of Ramadan will start on Sunday, June 29, corresponding with the Islamic calendar year 1435 A.H., Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has announced.
On its Ramadan account, Awqaf said Saturday would be the last day of the month of Shaban:
غدا السبت 28/6/2014 المتمم لشهر شعبان ويوم الأحد 29/6/2014 أول أيام شهر رمضان المبارك وكل عام وأنتم بخير
— AAMANAHUM (@AAMANAHUM) June 27, 2014
The announcement comes on the heels of Saudi’s announcement that no moon could be seen:
— AMINUR RAHMAN امين (AMIN) (@Aminurahman) June 27, 2014
That means the month officially begins at sunset tomorrow, when night time taraweeh prayers will be held at most of Qatar’s mosques.
The first fast will be on Sunday, which is when shortened work hours (five hours a day for government employees, and six for the private sector), a ban on public eating and drinking during the day and other changes will begin.
On Saturday, we’ll be running some of the most frequently asked questions about Ramadan in Qatar. What would you like to know? And what advice would you give to newcomers?
A guide of business hours will follow shortly. Thoughts?