A muslim cleric tries to get an early view the moon up on the roof of the Al Musariin mosque in West Jakarta before the first day of Ramadan on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Ramadan Is Here

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 23, 2020

Muslim clerics and students from the Al-Hidayah Basmol Islamic Boarding School in West Jakarta said they were able to get a glimpse of the new moon, or "hilal," from the rooftop of the nearby Al Musariin mosque on Thursday, which meant the fasting month of Ramadan could officially begin today. 

Viewing the hilal is a tradition for Muslims in Indonesia before Ramadan every year. Sometimes there are disputes as to whether the hilal can be seen with the naked eye, leading to some Muslims beginning Ramadan a day early or late. 

A muslim scholar wearing protective mask carries a telescope to observe a hilal in Al Mujariin mosque in West Jakarta on Thursday (23/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cleric carries a telescope to the Al Musariin mosque's rooftop. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A muslim scholar observe the crescent moon through a binocular. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A student tries to get a glimpse of the new moon on his binocular. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A boarding school student wearing protective masks help his friend to put the tripod on the roof of Al Musariin mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Setting up a telescope at the Al Musariin mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A muslim cleric wearing protective mask use a monoscope to observe the hilal on the rooftop of Al Mujariin mosque in West Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cleric looks for the hilal through a monoscope. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muslim clerics from Al-Hidayah Basmol Islamic Boarding School, observes the position of the moon, called 'hilal,' at Al Musariin mosque in West Jakarta, on Thursday (23/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students and teachers from the Al-Hidayah Basmol Islamic Boarding School wait for the hilal on the rooftop of the Al Musariin mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A muslim cleric observes hilal through a telescope in Al Mujariin mosque, West Jakarta on Thursday (23/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cleric uses a high-powered telescope to look for the hilal. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The dawn during hilal observation in West Jakarta on Thursday (23/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Dusk falls in West Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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