The holy month of Ramadan will begin in India from Saturday, July
21, 2012. It was announced by moon sighting committees after
confirmed reports of sighting of the crescent moon were reported
from South Indian states.
Mumbai, Malegaon and part of
Maharashtra and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, however, have declared that
the holy month of fasting would commence from Sunday.
"Sighting of the moon is reported from
various parts of Karnataka", Mufti Tauqueer of Darul Uloom
Deoband said to ummid.com.
"Relying on these reports it is
decided to begin the Holy month of Ramadan from tomorrow, July 21", he added.
Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi, Ahmed
Bukhari, also declared commencing of Ramadan in Delhi from Saturday.
"The decision is taken based on the
moon sighting reports from various parts of Karnataka", he said in a
message sent to ummid.com.
Imarat-e-Shariah of Bihar also
announced that the holy month would commence from Saturday. "Fasting
of Ramadan would begin from Saturday", the office of
Imarat-e-Shariah of Bihar informed ummid.com.
Reports of moon sighting is witnessed
in Mysore by masses. Moon sighting is also reported from Bhatkal,
Mangalore and other neighboring areas.
'Mumbai to fast
Earlier, there was a delay in
announcing the moon sighting as there was no confirmed report from
Shahi Imam and other clerics in fact had announced that
Ramadan would begin Sunday. They however changed their decision
relying on the reports of moon sighting in Karnataka and the
decision taken by Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Mumbai could not report the moon
sighting due to heavy showers. A meeting of the Central Moon
Sighting Committee was held after the reports of moon sighting were
reported in other states. The meeting after more than two hours of
deliberation declared that the holy month in Mumbai would beging
"Since there are no confirmed report
of moon sighting from in and around Mumbai, hence it is being
declared that the fasting of Ramadan will begin from Sunday",
Mehmood Daryabadi, one of the members of the Moon Sighting
Committee, said while talking to ummid.com.
Malegaon and part of Maharashtra along
with Ahmedabad in Gujarat following the Mumbai decision also declared
that they would begin the fast from Sunday.
"There are no confirmed report of moon
sighting from the neighboring areas. Hence fasting of Ramadan will
begin from Sunday", Shakeel Ahmed Faizee, president of Jamiat
Ahlehadees, Malegaon said.
Some parts of Maharashtra like Nanded,
Aurangabad and Pune following the decision taken by Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka have decided to begin the fast from Saturday.
The countries in Gulf including Saudi
Arabia have already started Ramadan from July 20.
During the Holy month of Ramadan,
Muslims throughout the world observe fast in day-times and offer
special prayers in the nights.
Considered as one of the most blessed
months of the Islamic Calendar, Ramadan starts with the sighting of moon
and ends after the moon completes a circle pronouncing the day of Eid al Fitr.