And on the grounds of the evidence, the committee chairman Mufti Muneeb Ur Rahman had announced first Ramadan from May 17, 2018 (Thursday). The moon was sighted in Delhi.
Ramazan will begin on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, England as well as in other countries.
The meetings of zonal and district Ruet-e-Hilal committees will also be held today at their respective headquarters for collecting pieces of evidence concerning sight of the crescent for the holy month of Ramazan. It stated that according to astronomical parameters, there is a fair chance of sighting the new moon of Ramazan, 1439 AH on 29th of Shaban, 1439 AH.
In Bangladesh Ramazan will begin on Friday in the country as the new moon was not sighted this evening.
Meanwhile, the holy fasting month is due to begin in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia and Middle East countries on Thursday. This year however it is most likely that the Ramzan Chand will be sighted today evening. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds during the holy month.
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.
Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Information Secretary Abdul Jalil Jan, when contacted by this scribe, expressed pleasure over same-day fasting throughout the country and praised the committee in this respect. Faithful will be offering long prayers during this month and will be donating huge amounts to seek Jannah in Aakhirah. Muslims around the world are making special arrangements for Iftar - the meal to break the fast, so that poor Muslims don't suffer.