Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham confirmed the start of Ramadan following an announcement from Saudi Arabia. Ramadan has been announced for 2021 with the first fast to take place on April 13.
Officials said the majority of Muslims follow announcements from Saudi Arabia, UAE, with at least 7 other countries following suite. Others yet to announce are waiting for verified moon sightings from the UK, Morocco, or elsewhere, so Ramadan can vary by a day or so.
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC), in Small Heath, Birmingham – the main organiser of the annual Eid celebrations in Birmingham – is among those following the Saudi announcements.
GLMCC said in a statement: “The moon has been sighted which means that Ramadan will commence tomorrow, Tuesday 13th April 2021.
Traditionally, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia observe the holy month on the same dates, while Oman’s religious authority calls Ramadan independently of the rest of the Arabian Gulf.
This difference in dates has been going on for many years but has now come to a point where experts are calling for an end to ‘moon wars’ with the setting up of a UK moon sighting board.