Ramadan In Malaysia To Begin On Tuesday

The date has been decreed by His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim.

Cover image via The Borneo Post

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The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal has announced that Muslims in Malaysia will commence their Ramadan fast on Tuesday, 12 March

According to Bernama, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said the start date of fasting for states throughout Malaysia has been set by the order of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim after being consented to by the rulers.

The announcement was also broadcast live on Radio Televisyen Malaysia last night, 10 March.

Earlier on 3 March, the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal had announced that the sighting of the new moon for the commencement of Ramadan for Muslims in Malaysia was scheduled to take place on Sunday, 10 March

The Ramadan moon sighting process took place yesterday evening at 29 locations across the country, including Pontian Kecil, Johor; Kompleks Falak Al-Khawarizmi, Kampung Balik Batu, Tanjung Bidara in Melaka; Kompleks Baitul Hilal Telok Kemang, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan; Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor; Bukit Jugra, Banting, Kuala Langat and the Selangor observatory, Sabak Bernam in Selangor.

Meanwhile, Muslims in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand will also begin fasting on the same day as their Malaysian counterparts

This has been confirmed by the authorities of the respective nations.

The Mufti of Singapore, Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, said that he can declare the beginning of Ramadan to fall on the day after today, Tuesday, corresponding to 12 March, reported Bernama.

Similar announcements were made by Jakarta's Minister of Religion, Yagut Cholil Qoumas, and the Sheikhul Islam of the Kingdom of Thailand, Arun Boonchom.

Silhouettes of Malaysian Islamic Development Department officers and a telescope which they use to perform'rukyah', the sighting of the new moon that signals the start of the holy month of Ramadan, in Putrajaya.

Image via Hasnoor Hussain/Reuters

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