Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official announcement of the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia, inviting local Muslims to search for the new moon of Ramadhaan 1444, on Tuesday evening, 29 Sha’baan (21 March, 2023) – in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):
«Fast when you see the crescent [of Ramadhaan]. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent [of Shawwaal]. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days», [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].
Whoever sights the new moon – either with the naked eye or using a telescope or binoculars, is advised to promptly inform the local Sharee’ah court of their sighting, in shaa.-Allaah.
We shall hasten to publish news of the beginning of Ramadhaan 1444 as soon as we receive the official decision and announcement of the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia, in shaa.-Allaah.