Ramzan, the month of fasting in Islam, began today across the Gulf region. Today was the first day of fasting after Saudi Arabia announced the sighting of the moon, marking the beginning of the month. The Saudi Arabian Supreme Court on Thursday had issued a statement, saying that the Ramzan crescent moon has not been sighted. The court then held another a hearing on Friday evening and the beginning of the month was announced after spotting the moon. Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and join mass prayers at mosques. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.