Ramadan starts on July 20, says senior scholar

Updated 06 July 2012

Ramadan starts on July 20, says senior scholar

The month of fasting this year will begin on July 20 and the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr will be on Aug. 19, according to a senior Islamic scholar in the Kingdom.
Member of the Council of Senior Scholars Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manie said fasting will end on Saturday Aug. 18.
The days related to religious occasions and rites will have to be confirmed by the sighting of the new moon and royal orders.
Al-Manie added the Day of Arafat will be on Thursday Oct. 25 and the next Hijra year of 1434 will start on Nov. 15.
The tradition of the last 15 years of announcing the likely beginning of Ramadan, Eid and the Haj is to help preparations to view the new moon once the statement is made, the scholar said.
The announcement also allows sufficient time to discuss matters related to the sighting of the new moon, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
Al-Manie said: “The sun will set on the 29th day of Shawwal (the 10th Hijra month following Ramadan) corresponding to Oct. 9 at 6:23 p.m., five minutes before the moon will set at 6:28 p.m.”
The first day of Dhul Qaadah (11th Hijra month) will be Monday Sept. 17 while Dhul Hijjah will start on Oct. 17. Eid Al-Adha will be on Oct. 26, he said.

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”