Ramadan Hilal

The Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) has called upon all Muslims living in Qatar to sight the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Tuesday 16 June 2015, which is 29 Shaban 1436 Hijri on the Islamic calendar, in anticipation of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to a statement released on Saturday 13 June 2015 on Qatar News Agency (QNA), the committee asks whoever witnesses the crescent to head to the headquarters of the Ministry, located in Al Dafna, to report his or her testimony. The committee will meet immediately after the Maghreb (sunset) prayer to discuss whether or not Wednesday 17 June 2015 will be the first fasting day of Ramadan.

Although Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday 18 June 2015, if the moon is indeed seen on Tuesday 16 June 2015, the first day of fasting will be Wednesday 17 June 2015. If the moon is not seen on Tuesday, then another crescent moon sighting will take place in the evening of Wednesday 17 June 2015 to determine whether the first day of fasting will be on Thursday 18 June or Friday 19 June 2015.

According to Crescentwatch.org, the hilal would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. The sighting of the hilal‘s emergence is sunnah of Prophet Mohammed.