Saudi Supreme Court confirms sighting Sunday of Ramadan crescent moon

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Saudi moon observers in Qassim region sighting the Ramadan crescent moon. (SPA)
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Saudi moon observers in Qassim region sighting the Ramadan crescent moon. (SPA)
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Saudi moon observers in Qassim region sighting the Ramadan crescent moon. (SPA)
Updated 05 May 2019

Saudi Supreme Court confirms sighting Sunday of Ramadan crescent moon

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian moon observers said they sighted the crescent of a new moon Sunday, confirming that Monday will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Kingdom’s Supreme Court held a session to declare that the crescent had been seen “based on a number of  witness  testimonies.”

The Supreme Court extended its blessings to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi government and its people, as well as Muslim residents and the entire Muslim nation on the occasion.

The Islamic world follows a lunar calendar, and the traditional moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.