The astrological calculations conducted by specialists in the Qatar Calendar House (QCH) showed that Ramadan crescent will appear at 1:45am Doha local time on Sunday, May 5, which means that it is impossible to see it in the evening.
The crescent this year will remain in the skies of Qatar after sunset on Sunday for 31 minutes, while the duration will increase as we go west.Last updated: May 04 2019 12:25 AM
The Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is the responsible institution to declare the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
Dr Bashir Marzouk, astronomer at the QCH, said that the number of fasting hours in Qatar will change during the holy month: the minimum duration of fasting hours will be 14 hours and 38 minutes on the first day of Ramadan, and gradually increase until the maximum at the end of the holy month to reach 15 hours and 9 minutes.
Dr Marzouk further added that the Muslims of Europe will have the biggest number of fasting hours in the world this year, where they will fast for about 20 hours in Norway and Sweden, 19 hours in Denmark and Germany, 18 hours in France, while Argentina will have the lowest number of fasting hours in the world this year, about 11 hours.