Muslims in UK divided over moon sighting
The Deobandi and Ahle Hadith School of thoughts followers observed the first of Ramazan on Friday and they started fasting according to Saudi Arabia.
The followers of both sects also offered Taraweeh on Thursday night.
Meanwhile the followers of Jammat-e-Ahle Sunnat have announced that they would observe first of Ramadan today (Saturday) as visibility of moon neither scientifically possible nor was witnessed anywhere in UK. Some 40 Ahle Sunnat Islamic centers including Shahjehan Masjid Surrey, Hounslow Masjid and other Ahle Sunnat mosques in England are observing Ramadan from Saturday (today).
The Markazi Jamat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat said in a statement that “ The British Muslim Forum, Markazi Jamat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat UK and Europe and other Sunni organizations have announced due to invisibility of new moon throughout in Europe, Africa and Asia, we will be completing 30 days of Shaaban and the first of Ramazan will be on Saturday , July 21”.
There were hustle and bustle being seen in the Muslim areas in London including South Hall, Surrey, East London and other parts.
The Muslim families especially children were very enthusiastic and they were busy for Ramazan shopping at retailers and super stores.
The store owners and shopkeepers were also offering special discounts for Muslim community on different typical Middle East, Asian and halal food and relatively items like dates, mangoes, gram flour, juices and kitchen essential. It is very interesting that Britain Muslims are observing 18 hours long fasting.
The Sehri will start at 3am and Iftar will be observed at 9 pm in UK this year.