Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has called on all Muslims across the kingdom to sight the crescent moon of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday night, April 1.
In an announcement, the court urged Muslims who sight the moon by the naked eye, or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register their testimonies, or report to the nearest centre that can contact a court.
If the moon is observed over the kingdom on Friday, the holy month will begin the next day. If not, it will start on Sunday.
The Muslim world typically looks to Saudi Arabia when it comes to deciding the days on which major religious events fall, including the start of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month.
The kingdom announced on Monday restrictions on volume levels for loudspeakers at mosques during Ramadan.