Ramadan 2020: Sheikh Khalifa pardons 1,511 prisoners ahead of holy month

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April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

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President Sheikh Khalifa has ordered the release of 1,511 prisoners ahead of Ramadan.

Sheikh Khalifa also cleared the debts of the inmates in the spirit of the holy month.

Rulers of the Emirates traditionally pardon hundreds of prisoners during Ramadan and other religious holidays.

More than 4,000 prisoners were released during Ramadan last year.

Those freed are often chosen because of their good behaviour along with those jailed for financial crimes and debts.

The UAE’s moon-sighting committee will begin looking for the crescent moon, which would indicate the start Ramadan, on Thursday night.

An official told The National that the committee would meet partially through video conferencing to sight the moon and deliberate the beginning of Ramadan.

The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases, which are either 29 or 30 days long. The presence of a new moon signals the start of a new month in the Islamic calendar.

Updated: April 21, 2020 09:34 PM

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