Saudi Arabia have announced Sunday that a team of astronomy observers in the kingdom have sighted the moon of Ramadan, confirming the holy month will officially begin on Monday.
Saudi Arabia’s team of astronomy observers recognized the moon at Hautat Sudair, a small village located at an intersection between Riyadh, Sudair and Qassim, 140 km north of the capital Riyadh.
Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
More than a billion Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during the holy month.
During the holy month, Muslims fast for a full lunar month. The fasting begins at the fajr call to prayer, just before sunrise, and is broken at sundown.