Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Ramadan Foretold

Officially, Ramadan starts on the day after the 29th of the Islamic month of Sha'aban if the moonsighting committee sees the new crescent moon, or on the following day if it does not see the new crescent moon.

The Dubai Government confidently predicted (by issuing a calendar, printed on paper) that Ramadan would start on 1 Sept, something they should not have been able to know before 30 Aug.

And, indeed, the moonsighting committee announced that no new crescent moon was seen on 30 Aug., so Ramadan will start on 1 Sept., just as the Dubai Government predicted.

So, again, the Dubai government's predictions proved accurate.


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