PICS | No moon sighted, Ramadaan to start on Wednesday

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Head of the Crescent Observers' Society (COS) Imam Yusuf Pandy and Muslim clergy gather for the annual sighting of the moon at Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, on Monday 12 April 2021.
Head of the Crescent Observers' Society (COS) Imam Yusuf Pandy and Muslim clergy gather for the annual sighting of the moon at Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, on Monday 12 April 2021.
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Ramadaan will start on Wednesday in South Africa after the moon was not sighted on Monday night.

Members of the Crescent Observers' Society visited the Promenade at Three Anchor Bay along Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard to search the skies for the new moon (Hilaal).

Head of the Crescent Observers Society (COS) Imam
Head of the Crescent Observers' Society (COS) Imam Yusuf Pandy and Muslim clergy gather for the annual sighting of the moon at Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, on 12 April 2021.
Head of the Crescent Observers Society (COS) Imam
Head of the Crescent Observers' Society (COS) Imam Yusuf Pandy and Muslim clergy gather for the annual sighting of the moon at Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, on 12 April 2021.


However, the moon was not spotted at the Three Anchor Bay lookout point or at the second viewpoint on Signal Hill. The sighting points in Cape Town were selected centuries ago by "maankykers" (moon watchers).

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Today, sightings are co-ordinated by crescent observers in different areas of South Africa and are reported to the different Ulama bodies and the Muslim Judicial Council. The advent of the Islamic month is unanimously declared via the radio station Voice of the Cape.


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