With reporting from Riham Sheble
Qatar’s Muslims should look to the sky on Friday evening, June 27, to see if they can spot the new moon, which would signify the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
If the moon is observed, fasting would begin on Saturday, June 28, the Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Islamic Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) has said in a statement.
“The committee also called on whoever sees the crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan to report to the Ministry’s headquarters at the The Towers (al-Abraj) in Dafna and attest his testimony.”
In the statement, Awqaf said its committee will convene immediately after sunset prayers to discuss whether Ramadan will begin on Saturday or Sunday.
Ramadan is marked in Qatar with shorter work hours and a prohibition on eating and drinking in public during the daytime. However, Doha tends to come to life at night, after Muslims have broken their fast.
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