The first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan on the Muslim calendar, which is often determined by the sighting of the new moon, is more likely to fall on Tuesday, April 13.
Most countries around the world depend, especially Saudi Arabia and other Muslim majority countries depend on the sighting of the moon to determine the beginning of the month of Ramadhan.
Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirate all follow the sighting of the moon in Saudi Arabia to determine the beginning of the holy month.
Other countries, however, have independent sightings. Astronomers of the Qatar Calendar House in Qatar have announced that Ramadhan’s new moon will be birthed on April 12 at 02:31GMT.
On that day, the moon might be visible in parts of North, Central, and South America. They explained further that on April 13, the moon will more likely be easily visible in many parts of the world.
The actual visibility of the crescent, however, will be dependent on factors relating to atmospheric conditions, cloudiness, and the distance between the sun and the moon on the horizon.
Lunar months last between 29 and 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon on the 29th night of each month. If the new moon is not visible, the month lasts 30 days.
Throughout the month of Ramadhan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk in order to seek the mercies of God.
Fasting in the month of Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of faith in Islam, along with the declaration of faith, salat (daily prayers) Zakat (charity), and performing Hajj.