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In Saudi Arabia saw the new moon and deferred Ramadan

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Ramadan Start Date To Be Announced On May 15

The holiday commemorate the revelation of the sacred scripture of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

As the calendar is lunar, the dates for when each month begins move every year; in 2017 Ramadan began.

Also, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority also announced that the holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday.

Thousands of school pupils will be sitting examinations during Ramadan this year.

"According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Ramadan this evening (Tuesday) did not meet the criteria agreed upon by member countries of MABIMS (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)", read the press release. This Ramadan comes amidst true humanitarian tragedies that those several Muslim countries with wars, divide and conflict violating the spirit of the message of peace, gatherers, unity, love and coexistence.

In a statement on Monday, the Mufti of Singapore, Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, wished all Muslims in Singapore a blessed Ramadan.

"Faith is a great gift and the free exercise of religion is a fundamental human right", said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director.

The president added that Ramadan "reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life".

Mass prisoner pardons have become a common practice by rulers in the Gulf Cooperation Council at the start of the holy month, which is meant to be a time of generosity and charitable giving.

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