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    The Islamic calendar is structured according to lunar cycles. Sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of the period of required daytime fasting during Ramadan. Whether the new moon must be visibly sighted or its position can be predicted in advance according to modern astronomical techniques remains a source of debate. The crescent moon became the symbol of Islam.

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