Doha: The Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has called upon all Muslims living in Qatar to sight the crescent of Ramadan on Saturday, Shaaban 29,1440 AH, corresponding to May 4, 2019.
The Committee said whoever witnesses the crescent should head to the headquarters of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Dafna (Towers) area to report his testimony.
The Committee will meet immediately after the Maghrib (sunset) prayer.
Hilāl (the crescent) is typically a day (or more) after the astronomical new moon. Since the new moon marks the beginning of the new month, Muslims can usually safely estimate the beginning of Ramadan.
Unlike the crescents of other lunar months, the crescent of Ramadan is given special attention because it is the crescent of the best month in the sight of Allah The Almighty. This month is favored with several virtues; the most important is the revelation of the Quran on the best night of the month.
Thus, scholars of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) have occupied themselves with elaborating the rulings relevant to the sighting of the crescent, astronomers with making relevant calculations and means of observation and Muslim caliphs in celebrating the night of the sighting.
Poets and writers vie with each other in praising the crescent and reflecting the feelings of joy in people’s hearts.