The Grand Mosque of Paris has on Tuesday announced the beginning of this year’s Ramadan on Wednesday, July 10, contradicting the French Council of the Muslim Faith’s (CFCM) previous decision to declare the beginning of Ramadan for Tuesday, July 9. The month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the moon crescent on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.
The CFCM has this year for the first time adopted a new method to determine the beginning of Ramadan by using astronomic calculations instead of moon sightings in order to ease preparations for the holy month. The CFCM has thus announced that Tuesday, 9 July, will be the beginning of the month and Eid-El-Fitr which marks the end of the month will be on 8 August. The Grand Mosque of Paris’s decision stands in stark contrast to the CFCM announcement and underlines the split between the different groups which compose the French Muslim umbrella organisation, CFCM.