Highly anticipated by the Muslim community around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching. The date for the start of Ramadan 2022 will be revealed this Friday, April 1, after the lunar observation of the “night of doubt”.
The date of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 2022 will be unveiled this Friday evening at the end of the lunar observation of the night of doubt as recommended by tradition. However, some countries have already announced this long-awaited date.
Indeed, the International Astronomical Center (IAC) announced on Friday April 1 that the first day of fasting in Indonesia, the Sultanate of Brunei and Malaysia has been set for Sunday April 3.
According to the Tweet from the International Astronomical Center, this announcement comes following the observation of the crescent moon which was made at several observatory points and which ended with the invisibility of the lunar crescent of Ramadan and therefore the announcement of the first day of fasting on Sunday April 3.
It should be recalled that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs had indicated that the night of doubt for the observation of the lunar crescent would correspond to the date of Friday, April 1, 2022. Thus, Algerians will know the date of the first day of Ramadan this evening.
Ramadan 2022: dates announced by astronomy institutes
Although the official date of the start of Ramadan 2022 will be known this evening after the lunar observation of the night of doubt, several astronomy institutes had already advanced dates fixing the date of the first day of the fast.
These include the Abu Dhabi International Astronomical Center which had issued a statement announcing that the first day of Ramadan 2022 will coincide with Sunday April 3, and the Egyptian Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) who, for his part, had announced that the first day of the fast will correspond to Saturday, April 2, in the majority of countries, including Algeria.
In France, the French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM) had set the date for the start of the holy month on Saturday April 2, while noting that this date was provisional and that it will be confirmed on April 1.