Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

A crescent moon is seen between the minarets of Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University mosque in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

  • “In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent on Thursday, June 14”

JEDDAH: The Saudi Supreme Court has urged any person who sees the Shawwal crescent with the naked eye or through telescopes to report it to the nearest court and record his statement. He could also contact the nearest center to help him get to the court.
“In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of the month of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent of the Hijri year of 1439 on Thursday, June 14,” the court’s statement said.
“The Supreme Court asks those who have the ability to monitor to do so and join the committees formed in the regions for the matter. Such participation will be rewarded by God since it comes as a cooperation in righteousness and piety and benefits all Muslims.”
The announcement is required to be broadcasted again and publicized on June 13 and 14 according to the Umm Al-Qura Calendar.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.