The UAE Ramadan Moon-sighting Committee announced that Friday, July 20, is the first day of Ramadan and Thursday, July 19, is the last day of Sha'ban Month.
The Committee held its meeting on Thursday evening at the Department of Judiciary in Abu Dhabi under chair of Dr Hadef bin Joan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice.
Al Dhahiri said in a statement on sighting of the crescent of the month of Ramadan for the year 1433 AH, that "after investigating and taking into account all the methods of proof pursued by the Committee in the past years, including the contacts with neighboring countries, it has been proven that today, Thursday, 19 July, complements the month of Sha'ban of the year 1433 AH, and Friday is the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan."
The Committee members congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highness Members of Supreme Council and Ruler of Emirates, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers, on advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
They also extended their Ramadan greetings to the UAE people and Muslim Nation.
Ramadan to begin in Philippines on Saturday, July 21
The Muslims in the Philippines will begin fasting for the holy month of Ramadan from Saturday, July 21 as the moon was not sighted on Thursday.
Dennison Abidin, director of National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), said moon sighting committees in Manila, Mindanao and other regions didn’t sight the moon due to dark clouds on Thursday. So the first day of Ramadan will be Saturday, July 21, Rappler said in its online report.