Letter: Ramadan moon

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Sir: It is true that the sighting of the crescent moon marks the beginning and end of the holy month of Ramadan ("Scholars settle on end of Ramadan", 28 January) but why should Muslims in the UK follow the decision of scholars in Saudi Arabia and Egypt about the sighting of the moon?

If Islam is a progressive religion which believes in science, then its followers in the UK should consult the Greenwich Observatory. It saddens me as a Muslim that the end of Ramadan each year is celebrated not on one day but on two or three, depending on which sect you belong to or which scholars you follow.


Harrow, Middlesex