Ramadaan delayed as new moon not sighted

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A man prays during the month of Ramadan in a mosque in Benghazi, Libya, June 25, 2015.

A man prays during the month of Ramadan in a mosque in Benghazi, Libya, June 25, 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - The new moon has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia and Muslims around the world will have to wait a bit longer to mark the start of Ramadaan.

Ramadaan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the 30-day fast.

In South Africa, the expectation always was that Ramadaan would start on Thursday.

The holy period is expected to run into mid-June.

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During this period, practicing Muslims who are able to, are barred from eating between sunrise and sunset.

The aim of the fast is to help teach Muslims self-restraint, discipline and generosity.

There are over 1,5 billion Muslims worldwide.