Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ramadan may start on July 21 and Eid Al Fitr holidays from August 19 UAE Astronomer

A UAE astronomer has forecast the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan might start on Saturday, July 21, and the Eid Al Fitr would be on August 19.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Astronomy Researcher and Supervisor of Sharjah Planetarium, said that the birth of the crescent moon will be on Thursday, 19th July 2012, at 8:24 am (UAE time), and the sunset will be at 5:09 pm, while the moon will set two minutes after sunset.

''The crescent moon of Shawwal 1433 will born on Friday 17th August 2012, at 5:54 pm local time, and the sunset will be at 6:49 pm same day," he added.

Al Jarwan said sighting the crescent would be impossible on Thursday night, but it would be visible on Friday night.

Therefore Saturday, 21st of July would be the first day of Ramadan, he anticipated.