The IAC notes that the of sighting the moon is only possible through the telescope for countries like Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco. What is the start date of Ramadan?
In its announcement, the Supreme Court called on whoever sights the crescent by naked eyes or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register their testimony, or report to the authority of the region's center in his area where he sighted the crescent to facilitate his reaching to the nearest court.
The Saudi Hilal Committee will reportedly issue an announcement by Isha namaz (night prayer).
"Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General (Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad) enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Sunday, May 5, 2019 equivalent to 29th Sha'aban 1440 AH".
Besides the Saudi Royal Court, appeals to sight the Ramadan 2019 moon have also been issued by ministeries and moon sighting committees in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Palestine, Muscat and other Arab states.
Since lunar months are shorter than solar months, Muslims holy month of Ramadan, which takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic year, occurs approximately 11 days earlier every year depending on when the moon is sighted and hence, varying from country to country by about a day. It will continue for a month, that is, until the first week of June.
"The ministry invites citizens and residents to explore the vision of the holy month of Ramadan for this year on Saturday Shaaban 29, 1440 - May 4, 2019".
First Ramazan in the United States and Australia will also be observed on Monday.
If the moon is sighted tonight, the holy month of Ramzan will begin from tomorrow. Moon sighting would also be attempted in France, Belgium, Wales, as well as in parts of eastern Europe including Germany.
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 must keep away from any evil thoughts and deeds, as well.