The holy month of Ramadan of 1444 Hijri will begin in the country on Friday (Mar 24) as the new moon was not sighted in the sky of Bangladesh today. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the conference room of Islamic Foundation (IF) at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital in the evening, said an IF press release.
State Minister for Religious Affairs and National Moon Sighting Committee President Md Faridul Haque Khan presided over the meeting.
As per the decision, the holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr, the night when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed on the night of Apr 18 (Tuesday night).
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity.
Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, giving charity and religious devotion.
All government, semi-government and private offices have arranged new office schedule coinciding with the special arrangements for iftar for its officers, employees and staff.