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Saudi Arabia: Ramadan to start Sunday

File - Dar al-Aytam Ramadan decoration in front of Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia and Lebanon's Higher Sunni Council Friday announced that the holy month of Ramadan would start Sunday, rather than Saturday as expected.

Riyadh said the beginning of Ramadan had been delayed by one day because the crescent had not been sighted in Saudi Arabia.

The office of the late Shiite preacher Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah has set Saturday, June 28 as the first day of the month in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, according to Islamic doctrine.

Ramadan starts roughly 10 days earlier every year as per the Islamic lunar calendar.

 

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