Moon Sighted, Ramazan Begins Today

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Srinagar- With the Ramazan moon having been sighted devout Muslims will follow a new routine from today for the next 30 days, shunning all intake of food and water from sunrise to sunset.

"The moon marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan has been sighted. The holy month will begin from April 3," Grand Mufti Nasir al Islam announced on Saturday.

Mufti Nasir also urged people of Kashmir to pray for peace and prosperity of the Valley and to spend time in seeking repentance for sins and freedom from hellfire from Almighty Allah in the blessed month of Ramazan.

In a statement, Muslim body Imarat-e-shariyah-Hind said a meeting of Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee was held today at 1, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and it was verified that moon was been sighted in several parts of the country.

Maulana Asaduddin Qasmi, Convenor of Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Shariah-Hindi, has therefore declared that 1st Ramazan falls on Sunday, it said.

Muslims across the world follow the Lunar calendar and each month starts with sighting of the crescent.

The fasting month -- which can be 29 or 30 days -- will end with the sighting of Eid moon.

Muslims have been observing the fasting month in the past two years in the shadow of the Covid pandemic. This year, many of the Covid curbs have been lifted following dip in cases and vaccination of people. (With agency inputs)

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