Abu Dhabi - This is in accordance with an official statement from the International Astronomy Center (IAC).
The holy month of Ramadan is predicted to start on Friday, April 24, in most Islamic countries, according to an official statement from the International Astronomy Center (IAC).
"It is possible to sight the new moon of the lunar month from most parts of the Islamic world on Thursday, April 23," said Eng Mohamed Shawkat Odah, Director, IAC.
He added that the lunar month of Shaaban - before Ramadan, started on March 26, 2020 in most of the Islamic countries.
"This means that the moon sighting is impossible after sunset of Wednesday, April 22, and hence the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on Friday, April 24."
However, few of the countries started the lunar month of Shaaban on Wednesday, March 25. Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, will sight the new moon of Ramadan on Wednesday, April 22, though.
Sighting the moon on Thursday by naked eye is quite impossible, Eng Odah underlined.
It is only possible to sight the moon using the telescope and that is not even easy to do, as is the case in parts of Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.