Ramadan to start in Iraq on Wednesday: Sunnis

Filed on August 11, 2010

BAGHDAD — Ramadan will start among Iraq’s Sunnis on Wednesday, with the country’s Shiite majority due to begin the Muslim holy fasting month 24 hours later, religious authorities said.

“The Sunni religious affairs committee met on Tuesday in Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad and fixed tomorrow (Wednesday) as the first day of Ramadan,” Abdel Ghaffur Samarrai, its president, told Iraqiya state television.

“The crescent moon has been seen by our brothers in Kurdistan (in northern Iraq) and in other regions,” he said.

A spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani, the Shiite community’s spiritual leader, said Ramadan was expected to begin on Thursday.

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