According to the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a renowned organization of Muslim scholars in India, the crescent moon of Ramadan 2023 has not been sighted anywhere in the country. As a result, the first day of fasting for Muslims in India will be observed on Friday, March 24.
The sighting of the crescent moon determines the start of Ramadan, and it is usually seen in Saudi Arabia and some parts of India before the rest of the world. However, this year, the moon has not been sighted in India on March 22, unlike some other countries where fasting started a day earlier.
Muslims around the world observe Ramadan as a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. They abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. The goal of the month-long fast is to increase spiritual awareness and become closer to God.
During Ramadan, Muslims also spend more time reading the Quran and performing additional prayers, such as Taraweeh, which are special nightly prayers that are longer than the usual daily prayers. Many mosques offer additional services during Ramadan to facilitate this spiritual growth.
The announcement by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind will be followed by Muslims across India, who will begin fasting on March 24. The organization has also requested people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines and maintain social distancing while offering prayers during Ramadan