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Saudi Arabia, UAE And Other Gulf Countries to Look For Crescent Moon Tonight

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has requested residents to sight the crescent moon and to report it to the nearest court.
According to the SPA, the top court called on the people to sight the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars and to report it to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the authority of the region’s center in his area where he sighted the crescent to facilitate his reaching to the nearest court.
Muslims all over the world fast during the days of this month and make special prayers at night. 
The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with a new moon sighting, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
During this period, Muslims keep fast abstain from food, drink, and other certain activities during daylight hours.
Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again. Eid-ul- Fitr is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
The UAE’s committee for moon-sighting will meet today after the Maghrib prayer to announce the date for the commencement of Ramadan.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, had issued a decision for setting up the moon-sighting committee for the holy month of Ramadan for the Hijri year, 1439. 
According to different media sources, the committee, chaired by the minister of Justice, includes different representatives and officials from courts and judicial entities.
The decision called on all Shariah courts in the country to look out for the moon and inform the committee.