The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia has called on all Muslims to sight the crescent of the holy month of Ramadan on the evening of Sunday, April 11 (Shaban 29, 1442 AH) and to inform the nearest court of those who see it with the naked eye or through the binoculars, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday, citing a statement from the supreme court.
In a request to all Muslims, the Supreme Court said: “Whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the authority of the region’s center in his area where he sighted the crescent to facilitate his reaching to the nearest court”, the statement added.
Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Quran, were revealed to Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.
Muslims, throughout the month, observe the fast from just before sunrise, or Fajr prayer to the sunset prayer, Maghrib.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah if physically and financially capable.