RIYADH: Ramazan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia and much of the Middle East, the state-run Al-Ekhbariya television channel reported on Friday.
Citing the authorities, it said that because the crescent moon was unable to be seen with the naked eye on Friday, Ramazan would begin on Sunday.
According to tradition, it is the sighting with the naked eye of the new moon that signals the start of Ramazan.
During this month, Muslim believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.
Ramazan is sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The fast is one of the five main religious obligations under Islam.