Members of the Cresent Observers Society of South Africa and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will gather at Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point on Saturday evening for the sighting of the moon for the month of Ramadhan 1435. The sighting will take place immediately after Maghrib, with the announcement to be made live on VOC shortly after. If the moon is sighted with naked eye, it means Muslims in South Africa will commence the fast on Sunday.
In a statement on Friday, the MJC encouraged the community to join ‘die maankykers’ and preserve the old tradition by witnessing the first sight of the moon of the holy month. The community is advised to park responsibly. Parking behind the Civic centre in Glengariff Road is recommended. Those who attend can bring their musallah along for the communal salah.
Meanwhile, the Claremont Main road masjid commenced their first Taraweeh prayers on Friday evening and started the fast of Ramadan on Saturday. The astronomical new moon heralding the start of the lunar month of Ramadan occurred on Friday at 8:08 Universal Time (10:08 am South African time). The Claremont Main Road Masjid has since 1989, recognized astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Ramadan. VOC