Last Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2012 16:56 pm (KSA) 13:56 pm (GMT)

It’s Ramadan for Syrian opposition, but not for Assad’s regime

A store keeper sells lemonade and licorice juice during Ramadan at al-Shikh Muhialdin mosque in Damascus. (Reuters)
A store keeper sells lemonade and licorice juice during Ramadan at al-Shikh Muhialdin mosque in Damascus. (Reuters)

Amidst the crushing wars taking part on the Syrian ground and on the political corridors, Russia – the Syrian regime’s closest ally – happened to agree with the Syrian opposition in only one thing; namely the start of the fasting month of Ramadan on Friday. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime had announced that the first day of the holy month will be on Saturday.

Similar to many other Arab countries, the Syrian National Council (SNC), announced on Thursday night, that Friday will mark the first day of Ramadan.

The SNC issued a statement, saying: “the Syrian National Council congratulates the great people of Syria, for the holy month of Ramadan, which starts on Friday, according to the legitimate lunar vision, and to what had been reported by the Syrian scholars.”

“We are now closer to the triumph over the tyranny and corruption bands, and we call upon our people to intensify their resistance and opposition against regime members and militia. We also affirm that the holy month of Ramadan will be the month of triumph over the criminals, and the achievement of our people’s hopes for freedom, justice and dignity,” the SNC statement said.

The Syrian authorities had announced earlier that Saturday will mark the first day of Ramadan, based on the announcement by the country’s supreme judge in Damascus, Ahmed Armouch.

However, in Moscow, it was announced that Friday July 20, is the first day of Ramadan in Russia. On the occasion of the holy month “Maghreb” and “Isha” (Sunset and Evening) prayers, as well as the “Taraweeh” prayers were held in the mosques of Russia and Moscow. (Taraweeh prayers are usually performed only during the holy month of Ramadan right after the Evening prayers.)

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