The main buzz at the bus stop today was, “Did anyone see the moon last night?”
According to the news, Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan, the UAE moonsighting committee announced yesterday. In the Islamic world, the holy month of Ramadan is observed every year, for a month. Tomorrow is the first day of the fasting month. Muslims follow a lunar calendar so the start and the end of Ramadan is based on the sighting of the new moon, thus the moonsighting committee.
The committee said the Ramadan moon was not sighted yesterday after using astronomical and Sharia methods. The moon should be visible by tonight.
If the moon had appeared, work would have started at 9:00 instead of 8:30 and people should have not stared at me running to my desk to grab the ringing phone. I was late, thanks to the traffic congestion of unknown reason this morning. Normal commuting time of just 15 minutes stretched to an hour and a half. What a pain in the butt!