SRINAGAR New moon was not sighted on Sunday (May 05) hence Monday will be 30th Shaban 1440 and the first day of Ramazan this year will be Tuesday May 07, 2019, according to reports.
Imarat-e-Sharia, Jamiat Ulema Hind, New Delhi and Shahi Imam Jamia Masjid, Delhi Abdullah Bukhari in India and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Pakistan made announcements about not sighting of the Ramazan moon.
In Kashmir Muslims traditionally follow the declaration on moon sightings from across the Line of Control.
However a section of Muslims in Ladakh division who rely on their own sightings have declared Monday as first Ramazan.
A new month in the Islamic Calendar begins with sighting of moon on 29th of the prevailing month. If the new moon, Crescent, is sighted, the next day is counted as first day of the new month. If not, the next day is counted as 30th day of the prevailing month and the new month begins a day later.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month.