The UAE declared Ramadan’s start after the crescent was sighted on Thursday night, making the holy month’s first day on Friday. But this year Ramadan in UAE is going to be slightly different.
Observed by almost 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, this is the first time believers through centuries will observe the holy month in the middle of a pandemic.
Millions of UAE people have organized themselves to celebrate the Holy Week, hoping for the quick healing of those afflicted with Covid-19 and for the survival of those who have lost their lives to the deadly disease.
As per an Astronomy Centre’s tweet, the moon was observed from Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday at 12.02pm. After the Maghrib prayer the UAE Moon Sighting Committee convened later in the evening and formally confirmed the start of the holy month.
They saw the crescent in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan in UAE this year
The Prince, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent messages of congratulations to the Princes, Emirs and Leaders of Arab and Islamic nations on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Khalifa wished good health and welfare for the leaders and their people. And more development and prosperity for the Arab and Islamic nations.
Similar messages arrived at Arab and Muslim leaders on the occasion. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. UAE vice-president and minister, and Dubai monarch. And His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE army Acting Supreme Commander.
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid has on his Twitter sent a message of hope. “I wish everybody a happy Ramadan in UAE. On behalf of the people and citizens of the UAE all over the world. May it bring us good health, stability and harmony. Together, we will lead our world to the better.”
In the meantime, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Crown Prince of Dubai, shared similar messages of hope. Saying: “We congratulate the leadership and people of the Emirates and the Arab. And Muslim people on the advent of this month’s blessed month of Ramadan. We ask God for this month’s blessings and that you are all fine with health and happiness.