Iran forgives, cuts phrases for 1,542 prisoners at the close of Ramadan – The Citizen

Iran’s supreme chief will forgive or commute the prison sentences of 1,542 convicted prisoners in a gesture that marks the stop of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, his web site explained Saturday.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has agreed to forgive or commute the sentences of 1,542 inmates” for the feast of Eid al-Fitr which marks the conclusion of the holy thirty day period, it claims.

The supreme leader often grants collective pardon on major spiritual vacations, in coordination with the head of the judiciary.

Eid al-Fitr begins Monday in Iran.

Eid al-Fitr

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the stop of Ramadan, will start off in the region on Monday.

“Monday … is the first day of blessed Eid al-Fitr for this yr,” with Sunday getting the last working day of Ramadan, the official Saudi information agency said Saturday, citing a statement from the royal court.

Other Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, have also made the exact same announcement.

The timing of the Eid is identified by the sighting of the crescent moon, in accordance to the Muslim lunar calendar.

The feast is commonly celebrated by families who get alongside one another.

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