Hyderabad: The holy month of Ramzan in Telangana will begin from Thursday. This was announced by Markazi Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee (Moon Sighting Committee) after confirming that the moon was sighted in Chennai.
Moulana Qubool Pasha Quadri Shuttari, Secretary, Sader Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan, made the announcement on Wednesday evening and said the Ramzan crescent was sighted near Chennai. Hence, the first Roza (Fast) will be on Thursday, he said.
The Muslim community in Telangana began offering the special prayer of Namaz-e-Taraweeh from Wednesday night, and will continue the prayer until the Eid’s crescent is sighted.
Ramzan has begun in Gulf countries from Wednesday with Muslims in the Gulf to observe fasting from Thursday. The first Taraweeh prayers were conducted in holy cities of Mecca and Madina on Wednesday night.
This is the second time in the recent past that the Muslim community in the Gulf and Telangana are commencing Ramzan fasting on the same day, Usually, in Telangana, Ramzan starts a day after the moon is sighted in the Gulf.
Meanwhile, the State government here has reduced working hours for public sector Muslim employees for the holy month of Ramzan, enabling them to leave office by 4pm.
Muslim religious leaders from different sects urged the community to keep away from activities and extravaganzas which denigrate the spirit of the holy month and actively engage in charity that would benefit the poor people of society.
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Clothes for 2 lakh people, says Mayor
Mayor Bonthu Rammohan said clothes will be distributed to over two lakh people this Ramzan.
Telangana Government has been making necessary arrangements to celebrate all festivals on a grand note.
Apart from distribution of clothes, the government would spent Rs 1 lakh each for organising free food distribution in 400 mosques in the city, he said during a meeting held on arrangements for Ramzan, here on Wednesday.
Directing the officials to focus on sanitation and lighting arrangements, the Mayor said Rs 2.50 crore were being spent on additional lighting. He wanted officials to take up road repairs works at all Idgahs and mosques.
Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin said gift packs would also be distributed at mosques. GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said the arrangements for Ramzan began two months ago.