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One month until Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates: view of the Sha’ban crescent – News

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Published: Saturday February 10, 2024, 11:38 p.m.

Last update: Saturday February 10, 2024, 11:39 p.m.

Mark your calendars: there is only one month left until the holy month of Ramadan. This comes as UAE authorities announced that the crescent moon that marks the start of a new month in the Islamic calendar had been spotted in the country’s skies on Saturday, February 10.

The United Arab Emirates International Astronomy Center announced the sighting of the crescent moon Sha’ban in a series of social media posts on Saturday. The photographs of the faint crescent were taken by the Al Khatim Astronomical Observatory in Abu Dhabi: the first at 11 am and the second around sunset (see below).

Therefore, Saturday, February 10 marks the last day of the month of Rajab, while Sunday, February 11 will be observed as Sha’ban 1 in the United Arab Emirates.

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Sha’ban is the eighth month of the Hijri calendar and one that Muslims around the world use to prepare for the holiest month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

Most Arab and Islamic countries are expected to observe the month of Sha’ban starting tomorrow (Sunday). Other countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are expected to usher in this month on Monday, February 12.

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