Eid al Fitr 2018: The Saudi Supreme Court announced that the start of Eid Al-Fitr will be Friday June 15, after reported sightings of the new moon, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Shawwal crescent was witnessed by many people and was easy to sight, Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Similarly, the Shawwal moon-sighting committee in the UAE also announced that Friday, June 15 will be the first day of the month of Shawwal and the first day of Eid Al Fitr. The announcement came in a statement after the committee held a meeting on Thursday evening after Maghreb prayer at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department in the capital.
Similar announcements have been made by Qatar, Kuwait and other Arab states.
Meanwhile, the Eid moon has been sighted in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the neighboring countries. Therefore Eid al Fitr 2018 in these countries will be celebrated tomorrow i.e. Friday June 15. But, Moon Committees in Australia and New Zealand announced Saturday June 16, 2018 as first day of Eid al Fitr.
Elsewhere in the world, in India and Pakistan where Muslims started fasting with Arab states, Eid moon sighting is not confirmed from any part. Therefore Eid al Fitr will be on Saturday June 16, 2018 in India and Pakistan.
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08:15 pm (Makkah time): The First day of Eid al Fitr in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Arab states will be Friday June 15, 2018, local media reported. But, an official announcement by Saudi Supreme Court is still awaited.
"Reports of the Shawwal crescent moon has been sighted on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, meaning Eid al Fitr should would officially begin on Friday", Al Arabiya reported.
"The Astronomical Observatory at the Majmaa University has completed its technical and administrative preparations to monitor the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday starting at 3:00 pm local time at a site designated for this purpose 27 km southwest of Hautat Sudair", the report said.
"This is according to Schoolar Abdullah al-Khudairy, the director of the observatory of Majmaah University who confirmed that the observatory couldn’t sight the crescent moon of the Islamic calendar month of Shawwal on Wednesday morning, though scientific calculations point out that the start of Shawwal will begin 26 minutes before sunrise", it added.
Reports from Saudi Arabia said the Royal Court is in a meeting and an official declaration is expected shortly.
The Saudi Royal Court and Moon Sighting Committees in United Arab Emirates (UAE) began their meetinga after Magrhib prayers today i.e. Thursday June 14, 2018, corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1439, to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
05:30 pm (Makkah time) The Saudi Royal Court and Moon Sighting Committees in United Arab Emirates (UAE) will meet after Magrhib prayers today i.e. Thursday June 14, 2018, corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1439, to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
The first day of Eid al Fitr 2018 will be tomorrow i.e. Friday June 15, 2018 if the new moon is sighted today. Else, the Eid al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday June 16, 2018.
An official Eid moon sighting announcement in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other GCC states is expected by 07:30 pm local time.
04:00 pm (Makkah time) The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia and Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, UAE in separate appeals issued on Wednesday called upon the residents to sight the crescent moon on Thursday June 14 and report to the nearest court so that a decision on the first day of Eid al Fitr 2018 is taken.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the people have been asked by the Saudi Royal Court to report to the nearest court and register their testimonies if they sight the crescent or Eid moon by the naked eyes or through binoculars today evening.
Similarly, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, UAE issued a ministerial resolution setting up the Shawwal moon-sighting committee for the current Hijri year 1439 to determine the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
The committee will hold a meeting after Maghrib prayer on Thursday, 14th of June corresponding to 29th Ramadan at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department. Likewise, The Saudi Royal Court will also meet after Maghrib prayers today to decide the first day of Ramadan based on the moon sighting reports it will receive.
Special arrangements have been made and general appeals have also been issued to the masses by the authorities in Qatar and other Gulf states including Jordan, Kuwait, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to sight the Eid moon today on Thursday June 14, 2018 corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1439 of the Islamic Calendar.
This is the first time in recent history, Muslims in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Oman and other GCC nations have started the fasting of Ramadan on the same day as those in India and Pakistan.
Hence Muslims in India and Pakistan will also sight the Eid 2018 moon today i.e. Thursday June 14, 2018.
Accordingyly, moon sighting committees are formed in India and Pakistan as well and appeals have also been issued to the masses to sight the Eid moon today evening. Similar appeals have also been issued by Eid Moon Sighting Committees in Indonesia, Malaysia as well as United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, France, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
In case the new moon is not sighted today then the First Day of Eid al Fitr 2018 will be on Saturday June 16, 2018.
In Bangladesh, Nepal and part of India, including Mumbai, Malegaon and Dhule in North Maharashtra, Thursday corresponds to 28th Ramadan 1439 as they had started fasting a day later than the major parts of Indian subcontinent. Hence Muslims in Bangladesh, Nepal and parts of India including Mumbai will sight the Eid moon on Friday.
On the other hand, in Turkey and the United States Thursday June 14 corresponds to 30th Ramadan 1439. And, since Muslims here have already completed 30 days of Ramadan, they will celebrate Eid al Fitr tomorrow i.e. Friday June 15, 2018.
Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan - the month of fasting in which Muslims across the world refrained from eating and drinking during day time. Special prayers, including Traweeh prayers, were offered all across the Muslim world. A huge amount of money and food were also donated in the Holy month of Ramadan to help the poor and needy.
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