Holy month of Ramadan starts on Monday: Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Jun 2016

Ramadan observers will abstain from all food and drink from dawn till dusk for the next 29 to 30 days

An Egyptian man carries traditional lanterns, known in Arabic as "Fanous", sold during the Muslim ho
An Egyptian man carries traditional lanterns, known in Arabic as "Fanous", sold during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the capital Cairo (AFP)

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta, the main authority responsible for issuing religious edicts, announced Sunday that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will start on Monday.

Dar El-Ifta organises a yearly committee to observe appearance of the crescent, announcing the start of the new lunar month.

During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn till dusk.

Egypt has seen a heat wave during the past few days, but temperatures are expected to drop between 4 to 6 degrees on Monday throughout the northern parts of the country and in Cairo.

Islamic lunar months last for 29 or 30 days.

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