Ramadan begins Saturday

Saudi Arabia has officially announced that Ramadan, the Muslim holy fasting month, on Saturday 27 May will begin.

There is no record of a Crescent Moon on Thursday evening by so-called "Moon viewers", so Ramadan will begin on Saturday.

If the Crescent is seen is the Islamic month muhu past and starts the day after Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia determines the beginning of Ramadan through the use of moon viewers who report back to the Government.