JAKARTA - Indonesia's second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has confirmed Aug. 11 as the beginning of the Ramadhan fasting month. Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said Tuesday that the decision was based on 'hisab' - an astronomical calculation that predicts 'hilal' or new moon, which will appear on Wednesday.
Din said other organizations might set a different date to mark the beginning of the fasting month. "But let's not make a problem out of it. It is hard to make an agreement on the date. Let's just observe Ramadan in the best ways we can," he added.