Moon sighting on Monday

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam will sight the new moon of Ramadhan on Monday to determine the first day of fasting. The moon sighting will be conducted by Syariah Court judges and officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), State Mufti’s Office and Survey Department at the DST Tower and Bukit Agok, Jerudong and Tanjung Batu, Pekan Muara in Brunei-Muara District; Bukit Ambog in Tutong District; and Bukit Lumut in Belait District.

Fasting during Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam, during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. Muslims are also reminded to pay the obligatory Zakat Fitrah or Zakat Harta.

During Ramadhan, Muslims will traditionally intensify their pious activities to gain multiple rewards from Allah the Almighty by performing nightly Sunnat Tarawikh prayers, Sunnat Witir prayers, nightly vigil or Qiamullail, and intensifying their donations.