According to accurate astronomical calculations conducted by specialists at the Qatar Calendar House, Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 with the last day of Shaban 1442 Hijri falling on Monday, 12 April 2021. However, the legitimate decision to enter the holy month of Ramadan this year remains the prerogative of the Crescent Vision Investigation Committee at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (AWQAF) in Qatar, according to the Qatar Calendar House Twitter status.
طبقًا للحسابات الفلكية الدقيقة التي أجراها المختصون بدار التقويم القطري فإن يوم الثلاثاء 13 من أبريل هو غرة شهر رمضان المبارك لهذا العام، وأن يوم الإثنين 12من أبريل هو المتمم لشهر شعبان، ويبقى القرار الشرعي بدخول شهر رمضان المبارك من اختصاص لجنة تحري رؤية الهلال بوزارة الأوقاف. pic.twitter.com/hbvwbA2pyG— دار التقويم القطري (@qat_ch) April 4, 2021
Executive Director of Sheikh Abdullah Al Ansari Complex Engineer Faisal Al Ansari stated that the crescent of the holy month of Ramadan in 1442 Hijri will be born at dawn on Monday, 12 April, 2021, at 5:31 am (Qatar Standard Time) and the Monday sun will set in Qatar at 5:55 pm, while the crescent of Ramadan will be seen at 6:16 p.m on the same day. This means that the crescent will set up 21 minutes after sunset on Monday, and that period will increase as we head west.
It is noteworthy that the visibility of the crescent is influenced by many factors, including climatic factors, geographical factors, and astronomical factors such as the period of stay and the age of the crescent and its height from the western horizon at sunset. Also, the beginning and end of the Hijri months depend on the movement of the moon in its orbit around the Earth, while the beginning and ending of the Gregorian months depend on the movement of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun.
Source: Qatar Calendar House Twitter
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