RIYADH: The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday on Saudi Arabia and adjoining Gulf region.
The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, Al Arabiya reported.
Other Gulf nations will also observe Ramadan from Thursday.
The Australian Muslim Council of Imams has declared that the holy month of Ramadan will fall on Thursday May 17, 2018.
In a circular issued on Tuesday, the council stated: “following extensive consultations with nationwide Islamic leaders and imams from the Australian National Imams Council Executive Committee and their representatives from all Australian states, the first night of the holy month of Ramadan and Taraweeh prayer will be on Wednesday the 16th of May after Maghreb (sunset)”.
The announcement was made by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Abdul Azim Al Afifi on the council’s official Facebook page.
In Malaysia, Muslims will begin observing the month of Ramadan from Thursday, May 17, 2018, according to government-owned media.
The announcement was made by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.
Danial said the date for the beginning of the fast nationwide was set in accordance with a decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after acquiring the consent of the country’s rulers.