As the global Muslim community eagerly awaits the holy month of Ramadan, Pakistan’s meteorological department has issued a forecast suggesting that the new Ramadan moon is likely to be born on Sunday, March 10, with a high possibility of being sighted on Monday, March 11. If observed, this would signal the commencement of Ramadan on Tuesday, March 12, in Pakistan.

Favorable Conditions for Ramadan Moon Sighting

The met office reveals that the moon is anticipated to be born on March 10 at 2 pm, with an age of more than 28 hours on March 11, increasing the likelihood of visibility, especially in central and lower Sindh, as well as Balochistan. However, partly cloudy conditions in the upper regions of the country may pose challenges for moon sighting.

Saudi Arabia’s Department of Astronomy predicts a similar timeline for the Ramadan moon, aligning with expectations of the 1st of Ramazan falling on Monday, March 11. The Saudi government urges public participation in moon sighting, emphasizing the uniqueness of experiencing a wintry Ramadan after 26 years, a phenomenon expected to persist until 2031.

Variation in Fasting Hours Worldwide

As fasting hours vary globally, Iceland anticipates the longest fast of over 18 hours, while New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina will experience the shortest fasts, lasting up to 12 hours and 44 minutes. Countries like Pakistan, India, and Indonesia expect fasting durations ranging from 13 to 15 hours.

With Muslims worldwide gearing up for a month of spiritual reflection, prayer, and acts of charity, the exact start date of Ramadan will be confirmed following the moon sighting, upholding the tradition of commencing the holy month based on the lunar calendar.

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