Ramzan to commence from Saturday night, crescent not sighted

The Holy Month of Ramzan will begin in Hyderabad from Saturday night as the crescent was not sighted in the city or its surroundings on Friday night.

The Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee announced that the Holy Month of Ramzaan will begin from Saturday night and the first Roza or fasting will be observed on May 28. Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan president Syed Mohammed Qubul Pasha Quadri Shuttari gave the official declaration after the religious Ulema (learned men) met at Hussaini Building, Moazzam Jahi Market. The committee said that the moon was not sighted in Hyderabad or any other nearby cities or towns. Therefore, Saturday will be 30th of Shaban and the first Roza will be observed on Sunday.

The meeting was also attended by Jamia Nizama Vice-Chancellor Mufti Khaleel Ahmed, Darul Ifta Dean Mufti Azeemuddin, Moulana Kazim Pasha Quadri, Syed Aulia Hussaini @ Murtuza Pasha and other religious scholars.

This year, the timing of fasting or Roza will be of 14 hours and 40 minutes on the first day. While the Saheri timing will end at 4.11 AM, the first Iftar will be at 6.51 PM. However, the Rozas will become longer every day and the last Roza will be of 14 hours and 48 minutes.

There will be four Fridays in this year’s Ramzan. The Shab-e-Qadar, one of the three holy nights, will fall on June 22 (Thursday night) and the Jumatul Vida, the last Friday of Ramzan, will be celebrated on June 23. If moon is sighted, then Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 26 (Monday). Else, it will be celebrated on June 27.

Special arrangements have been made at all mosques across the State for the conduct of Taraveeh prayers in the night. In Mecca Masjid, nearly 8,000 to 10,000 Muslims are expected to participate in the Taraveeh prayers where Hafiz Moulana Rizwan Qureshi will supervise the reciting of three Paaras (chapters) of Holy Quran each day for the first 10 days of Ramzan. Similarly, management committees of different mosques have made arrangements for the conduct of Taraveeh prayers.

Arrangements have also been made at several places for Simaat-e-Quran, the congregations where Holy Quran is recited. Such gatherings are primarily attended by women.

It may be mentioned that the Holy month of Ramzan has begun in the Arab countries on Friday night and the first Roza will be observed on Saturday across the Middle-East. (INN)