Ramadan to start Sunday for Shia Muslims in Iraq, Iran

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The Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin Sunday for Shia in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, as well as in countries including Morocco, Pakistan and India, various authorities said. “The first day of Ramadan will be tomorrow” for Shia in Iraq, state media said Saturday, citing the office of the country’s top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. In neighbouring Iran, which like Iraq is majority Shia, as well as for Shia adherents in Lebanon, Ramadan will also begin Sunday. The starting date of the fasting month is determined by both lunar calculations and physical sightings of a new moon…

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