Moon should be visible after sunset on Sunday

In this July 6, 2015 file photo, a man fixes a mosque's minaret with a crescent moon symbol during the holy month of Ramadan in Jeddah. (REUTERS)
Updated 04 June 2016
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Moon should be visible after sunset on Sunday

ABHA: The director of the astronomical observatory at Majmaah University, Abdullah Al-Khudairi, said the Ramadan crescent this year will appear on Sunday evening 20 minutes after sunset, which is enough time for it to be observed by the naked eye.
He said any error in the signing of the crescent of Ramadan does not affect the sighting of the crescent of Dul Hijjah, as the lunar months adjust themselves.
He attributed the rejection of the Supreme Court of the testimony of some witnesses to problems and lack of trust in the observer. All those providing testimony are closely questioned by the judge about their sighting in detail, and must provide accurate descriptions of the crescent, shadows and proximity to the sun. Only matching testimonies are accepted.
He said the astronomical observatory in Hawtat Sadir follows general observation processes, noting that a unit called the Crescent Observation Unit specializes in monitoring the crescent moon in all months of the year, and the movement of the moon during each month. He said the observatory includes a professor from Cairo University and another from Helwan Observatory.
He said observers face many challenges these days with regard to sighting the entry and exit of Ramadan, including the presence of many people at the observation site.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.