The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called on everyone to look out for the crescent moon on Thursday night (23 April 2020).
Anyone who sights the moon through a telescope or the naked eye should inform the nearest court, it said.
In case of sighting the moon, Friday will be the first day of Ramadan.
This year’s holy month will be markedly different as the Kingdom and entire world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Late on Monday, Saudi Arabia extended the suspension of praying in the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque during Ramadan to stem the spread of the virus, the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques’ Affairs said on Twitter.
Last week, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Ash-Sheikh said that Muslim prayers during Ramadan and for the subsequent Eid al-Fitr feast should be performed at home if the coronavirus outbreak continues.
On Thursday, the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Madinah said it was banning events; which dispense evening meals in the mosque to those in need during Ramadan to break their daily fast.