Holy month of Ramadan starts in Egypt on Thursday: Dar Al-Ifta


Shortly after sunset today, Dar Al-Ifta announced that Wednesday would be the last day in the month of Sha’ban due to lack of sighting of the crescent following Maghreb prayers.

The Islamic Calendar, known as Hijri Calendar, depends on the movement of the moon. The beginning of each month is marked by the observance of a new moon seen for the first time. 

Last week, the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), announced last week that the Islamic holy month would begin on 23 March.

Saudi Arabia, home to the Islamic holy sites of Mecca and Medina, has also announced that Ramadan would begin on Thursday due to lack of sighting of the crescent in the kingdom.

Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, is held in high esteem in the Islamic faith.

The Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan.

Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn to sunset as a way of strengthening their relationship with God.

Fasters spend the month in participating in acts of worship, such as praying, reading the Quran and giving to charity. 

Egyptians celebrate the month in festivity as per centuries-old traditions.

Millions buy and display traditional glittering lanterns known as Fanus Ramadan inside homes and on buildings and streets.

Egyptians also host Iftar, or break the fast, meals in their homes for families, friends and loved ones.

Many of the well-to-do sponsor Ramadan Iftar meals open to poorer communities and the public in general.

Millions take the last meal before dawn, known as Sehour, at popular restaurants and street vendors around the country.