Singapore: Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore on Saturday announced that Muslims in Singapore will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Sunday June 25, 2017. The announcement is made after reports of moon sighting received from some part of the country.
"According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Syawal did appear during sunset today for 17 mins.
"As such, I am pleasedto declare that the first day of Syawal for the year 1438 Hijrah falls on Sunday, 25th June 2017", Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram Mufti, Republic of Singapore said in a statement released Saturday.
Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and Australia are among the first countries where sun sets earlier than other places in the world.
In Australia, Japan and New Zeland also Muslim festival will be celebrated on Sunday June 25, 2017, it is announced on Saturday.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei have also decided to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on Sunday June 25, 2017.
In a press conference, Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said that all of the six sworn observers reached the same conclusion and the Indonesians would perform the Eid prayers on Sunday June 25, 2017.
Muslims in Malaysia will celebrate Aidilfitri tomorrow. This was announced over television tonight by the Keeper of the Rulers Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, local media reported quoted news agency Bernama
“In keeping with the command of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, following the consent of the Rulers, I hereby declare that the date for Hari Raya Puasa for the states in Malaysia has been set for Sunday, June 25, 2017,” Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said.
Elsewhere in world, Saudi Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia and Moon Sighting Committees in UAE, Qatar and other Arab States have also announced that Sunday June 25, 2017 will be the first day of Eid al Fitr.
Muslims in the United States, UK, Canada and European countries rely on moon sighting announcement by Sauid Royal Court. Eid al Fitr in these countries therefore will be celebrated along with the Arab world.
Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sril Lanka and other countries in South Asia will celebrate Eid 2017 either on Monday June 26 or Tuesday June 27. The decision will be taken by the Moon Sighting Commitees in the respective countries on Sunday.