Riyadh/Dubai: Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have announced that Friday July 17, 2015 will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr. The announcement is made after sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, local media reported a little ago.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Royal Court said a number of adult witnesses in a number of provinces across the Kingdom have testified to have seen with the naked the new moon of the month of Shawwal 1436 in the Islamic calendar.
The Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia held a meeting on Thursday, July 16, to confirm the moon sighting reports coming from different parts of the Kingdom.
Alongwith Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Turkey, the Philippines, the Balkans, China and Malaysia will mark Friday as the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
Special arrangements for the Eid Al Fitr prayers have been made by the authorities in the respective states.
In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced that Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be offered at 5:35 a.m on the day of the Eid Al-Fitr at 625 designated mosques in Riyadh.
Arrangements have also been made to conduct prayers in 33 open spaces, including Suleimania, Deira and Manfouha with special places for women.
The Department of Mosques at the ministry has instructed the prayer leaders and those responsible for maintenance of the Eid mosques to ensure that all preparations including adequate supplies of power and water are made.
The Eid prayer will be held in Dubai at 6am, the Dubai Media office announced Thursday. The media office tweet quoted the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
Earlier, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, issued a decision to set up a moon-sighting committee chaired by him to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, and marking the end of Ramadan.
It was announced that the committee will hold a meeting after Maghreb prayer on Thursday, 29th of Ramadan, corresponding to July 16, at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.
The decision called on all the Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
Muslims in the Middle East, Europe and the US will be anxiously waiting for the announcement of Eid Al Fitr as majority in Western countries follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Hijri calendar.
In India, Pakistan and other neighboring countries Eid will be celebrated either on Saturday or Sunday depending on the moon sighting.
In these countries, appeals are made to look for the new moon on Friday - 29th day of Ramadan in this region.