Ramadan begins today
Wednesday, 03 September 2008

Agencies

Millions of Muslims in Bangladesh will start the fasting month of Ramadan on Tuesday and observe 'Lailatul Qadr' through the Sept 27 night.

The National Moonsighting Committee made the decision on Sunday at a meeting held in the conference room of Islamic Foundation, as the moon's crescent was not sighted anywhere in the country after nightfall on Sunday.
 
A Press Information Department handout issued on Monday said the committee at its meeting reviewed all available data on the Hijri 1429 Ramadan moon-sighting and decided that the Ramadan will officially commence Tuesday.
 
Muslims scan the sky at night in search of the new moon to proclaim the start of Ramadan, the holiest month for the world's more than one billion Muslims, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk.
 
Md Fazlur Rahman, member-secretary of the committee and chairman of Islamic Foundation-Bangladesh, presided over the meeting.
 
It was attended, among others, by SPARRSO chairman Md Najmul Huda Khan, chief information officer Iftekhar Hossain, Meteorological Department deputy director Shah Alam and Baitul Mokarram acting khatib Mufti Muhammad Islam Ghani.

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