Saudi Arabia declared Ramadan to start on Thursday 17 May 2018

Ramadan Starts on Thursday according to Higher Court, Royal Court announces

Jeddah, Sha'ban 29, 1439, May 15, 2018, SPA-- According to the Higher Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, tomorrow Wednesday will be the 30th day of the current month of Shaaban and accordingly the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan falls on Thursday corresponding to May 17, 2018, the Royal Court announced in a statement tonight.

The Royal Court cited a statement by the Higher Court as saying that it held an extraordinary session this evening to get briefed on reports sent by regional courts on viewing the crescent of Ramadan for this year 1439 H. but nobody tested to have seen the moon.

Citing certified sayings of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) in this regard, the Higher Court decided that the current month of Shaaban proceeds to complete its 30th day tomorrow Wednesday (30th of Shaaban 1439 H. [which is 1st Ramadan] according to Ummal Qura calendar) and that Thursday becomes the 1st of Ramadan 1439 H. [which is 2nd Ramadan] according to Ummal Qura calendar corresponding to May 17, 2018.

Congratulating the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH the Crown Prince, the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Muslims residing in the country as well as all Muslims all over the world, the Higher Court appeals to The Almighty to help Muslims worship the fasting month, accept their deeds and worshipping, get them united and reconciled and victorious.

--SPA
21:31 LOCAL TIME 18:31 GMT

Ref: https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1766554

Note: the clarification texts in square brackets [ ] have been added to remove any confusions - Editor

Saudi Arabia to look for the Ramadan moon on Tuesday 15 May 2018

Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Ramadan Crescent

Monday 1439/8/28 - 2018/05/14

Riyadh, Sha'ban 28, 1439, May 14, 2018, SPA -- The Supreme Court has called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to sight the crescent of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday evening, Sha'ban 29, 1439H, corresponding to May 15, 2018.

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 his 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.

--SPA
12:52 LOCAL TIME 09:52 GMT

Ref: https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1765731

Note: The Crescent Moon of Ramadan 1439 AH will not be seen on Tue 15th May 2018 in the UK (or anywhere in the whole world)! - Editor

BBC1: Wonders of the Moon - Wed 31/1/2018 9pm GMTBBC Wonders of the Moon ICOUK

We have been recently informed by the BBC that the "Wonders of the Moon" program will be shown on Wed 31/1/2018 9pm GMT on BBC1 to coincide with the night of Total Lunar Eclipse/Super Moon, InshaAllah.

It might even contain a mention of Crescent Moon Watch by ICOUK members during last year (2017), so don't miss it and pass on this message to others!

See trailer here: https://youtu.be/rKbyBnsp34Y

If you missed it, try to watching an extract (4 mins) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB0dCHTUg-8