Ramadan starts Thursday for Lebanon Shias

The spiritual leader of Shia Muslims in Lebanon, Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, has set next Thursday for the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Ramadan starts Thursday for Lebanon Shias

The spiritual leader of Shia Muslims in Lebanon, Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, has set next Thursday for the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Fadlallah, who has followers throughout the Shia Muslim world, said on Friday that the date was chosen on the basis of astrological calculations in accordance with Islamic scientific rules.

He said Ramadan will begin on September 13 "across the world, including in countries in the Far East."

In recent years, Fadlallah has announced the start and end of Ramadan in advance.

In the past, the date was decided only with an actual sighting of the new moon -- a practice still followed by some Shias as well as Lebanon's Sunni Muslim community.


AFP

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Mohammed El Haidar
Mohammed El Haidar - 12 yıl Before

Not all Muslims from the shia school of thaught in Lebanon follow Sayed Fadlallah. The followers of Grand Ayatollahs Khamenei, Seestani and Imam Khomeini also follow the concept of sighting the moon.