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Holy month of Ramadan to begin in Hyderabad from tomorrow
Narendra Ch | 18 Jun 2015

The Holy Month of Ramadan will begin in Hyderabad from Friday as the crescent was not sighted in the city or its surroundings on Wednesday night. The Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee announced that the Holy Month of Ramzaan will begin from Thursday night and the first Roza or fasting will be observed on June 19.

Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan president Syed Mohammed Qubul Pasha Quadri Shuttari gave the official declaration after the religious Ulema (learned men) met at Hussaini Building, Moazzam Jahi Market.

The committee said that the moon was not sighted at Hyderabad or any other nearby cities or towns. Therefore, Thursday will be 30th of Shaban and the first Roza will be observed on Friday.

Meanwhile, the State Government has issued orders permitting Muslims employees, including teachers and outsourcing employees, to leave their offices at 4 PM throughout the month of Ramzan, except when their presence is required in case of emergencies.

This year, the timing of fasting or Roza will be longer than last year. The first Roza will be of 14 hours and 48 minutes. While the Saheri timing will end at 4.10 AM, the first Iftar will be at 6.58 PM. However, the Rozas will become shorter every day and the last Roza will be of 14 hours and 19 minutes.

There will be five Fridays in this year's Ramzan. The last Friday or Jumatul Vida will be celebrated on July 17, which might be the last day of Ramzan as it falls on 29th of Ramzan. If moon is sighted, then Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebratd on July 18. Else, it will be celebrated on July 19 (Sunday). The Shab-e-Qadar, one of the three holy nights, will fall on July 14 (Tuesday).

Special arrangements have been made at all mosques across the State for the conduct of Taraveeh prayers in the night. In Mecca Masjid, nearly 8,000 to 10,000 Muslims are expected to participate in the Taraveeh prayers where Hafiz Moulana Abdullah Qureshi Al-Azhari will supervise the reciting of three Paaras (chapters) of Holy Quran each day for the first 10 days of Ramzan. Similarly, management committees of different mosques have made arrangements for the conduct of Taraveeh prayers.

Arrangements have also been made at several places for Simaat-e-Quran, the congregations where Holy Quran is recited. Such gatherings are primarily attended by women. It may be mentioned that the Holy month of Ramzan has begun in the Arab countries on Wednesday night and the first Roza will be observed on Thursday across the Middle-East.