Published: 2018-05-11 09:48
Last Updated: 2018-05-11 10:47
Jordan's Grand Mufti, Mohammad Khalaileh, called upon the public on Thursday to look out for Ramadan's new moon after sunset on Tuesday, 15 May.
Spotting the crescent moon is an Islamic Sunna, as Prophet Mohammad told his followers: “Do not fast until you see the new moon, and do not break the fast until you see it, and if it is covered then complete the month.”
Khalaileh said that the Iftaa' Department will receive people who want to testify about seeing the crescent moon, in accordance with the Islamic Sharia rules.
He also asked the public to wait for the official announcement about the starting day of Ramadan from the Iftaa' Department, in order not to confuse others.
Seeing the crescent moon on the last night of Shaaban (the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar) is the only way to determine the start of the holy month of Ramadan.