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New Delhi: The crescent moon declaring the onset of Islamic month of Ramadan has been sighted in various cities of the country. With the sighting of the moon, Muslims across the country will start the Taraweeh prayers from evening of Saturday and dawn-to-dusk fast from April 3.

The crescent was spotted in Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow on Saturday. 

“We have spotted Ramdan ‘Chand’ (moon) in Lucknow, tomorrow we will observe the first ‘Roza’. I extend my wishes to everyone,” said Lucknow Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali. 


Muslims in Chennai also sighted the moon on April 2 starting the Taraweeh prayers on the same day and fasting from the next day. 

Grand mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Nasir-ul-Islam also announced the onset of holy month of Ramadan from from April 3, on Saturday as the moon has been sighted in the Union Territory, reports Hindustan Times. 

The holy month started a day before in the West and middle eastern nations. US President Joe Biden had extended his greetings on the occasion.

“Jill and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of Ramadan. From the People’s House to your own homes, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed and prosperous month. Ramadan Kareem!” Biden had tweeted. 


Canadian President Justin Trudeau also wished everyone a “blessed and peaceful month.”

“To Muslim Canadians across the country: As you mark the start of Ramadan, and as you fast, pray, and reflect with your loved ones, I want to wish you a blessed and peaceful month. Ramadan Mubarak!” he tweeted. 


During this holy month, Muslims around the world practice fast, recite the holy Quran and do a lots of charity. 

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