Saturday, coinciding with December 19, 1998, will be the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, in which all healthy adult Muslims are committed to fast from dawn to dusk. A statement from the Royal Court, quoting the Saudi Supreme Judiciary Council, announced this evening that a great number of reliable witnesses in different parts of the Kingdom had testified to having seen the new moon, announcing the beginning of the month of fasting for the Hijrah year 1419. The Supreme Judiciary Council congratulated all Muslims on the occasion and wished them successful performance of the ritual. The Ministry of Information of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also extends its congratulations on the advent of the Holy Month to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdu Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, all members of the royal family, all citizens and nationals of Arab and Islamic states, and wishes them successful fasting and good health.
Meanwhile, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Palestine, Yemen, and Jordan, have also announced the observance of Ramadan tomorrow.