Jamaah Muslimin (Hizbullah) Decides First Ramadan on Saturday

Jakarta, 29 Syaban 1438/26 May 2017 (MINA) РJamaah Muslimin (Hizbullah) as a forum for unity of Moslems decided the first date of Ramadan falls on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The decision was immediately delivered by Imaamul Muslimin Yakhsyallah Mansur in a Plenary deliberation  held at the Pesantren Al Fatah, Bogor, on Friday evening.

Syamsuddin who performed rukyatul hilal at mosque At Taqwa third floor stated he has seen the new moon with his own eyes. He declared the position of the moon sloping northward and he saw it for one and a half minutes. Furthermore, he was sworn in the presence of the head of the chief board.

“Based on the results of rukyatul hilal in several places such as in Manado, East Java, Kepulauan Seribu, Bogor, and in some other places then we decided the first Ramadan on Saturday, 27 May 2017,” the official statement said.

“When the Muslims try to unite, the natural phenomenon will also support it. One of them is the first Ramadan, “he added.

The Indonesian government through its Ministry of Religious Affairs has decided 1 Ramadhan 1438 falls on Saturday 27 May 2017.

Based on the report, the moon was seen at a height of 8.51 degrees, and the arc distance of the sun from 8.73 degrees, and the presence of the moon for 14 hours 57 minutes 32 seconds.

From Hisab Rukyat team spread by the ministry in 84 spots throughout Indonesia, there are 4 hilal points visible.

Meanwhile, Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq ensured Saturday, May 27, to be the first day of Ramadan 1438 Hijriyah.

The High Court of Saudi Arabia announced the moon (beginning of the month) was not visible on Thursday night, and re-monitored on Friday evening.

Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE made a similar announcement, and will announce formally on Friday evening.

Turkey, along with Muslim communities in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, earlier said Saturday would be the first day of Ramadan, based on astronomical calculations of the birth of the new moon.

According to astronomers, the new month of Ramadan will be seen on Friday around the world with the naked eye or with a telescope.

Saudi Arabian astronomer Doctor Khalid Al-Zaaq said that the holy month of Ramadan would start on Saturday, adding that Ramadan would last 29 days. (L / P2 / R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)