When Is Eid Al-Fitr?

15 June, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Edward Snyder
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The Interior Ministry has declared Friday, June 15, 2018, as a public holiday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the sighting of moon marking the beginning of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in the country on Friday.

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. This week, after the sighting of the moon, Muslims will mark the end of the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and start the lunar month Shawwal.

Often, the local committees have to collect and submit photos or videos of the moon as verification of the sighting. Muslims will gather at mosques or open-air areas to pray on the first morning before eating breakfast with their family and friends, their first meal in daylight in over a month.

The crescent of the Shawwal moon has been sighted in Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, the UAE's International Astronomy Center announced on Thursday.

In Morocco, the working holiday for Eid al-Fitr lasts for two days.

Every year, the controversial moon-sighting committee led by its self-appointed head holds its meeting at the Masjid Qasim Ali Khan in Peshawar on 29th Ramazan welcoming witnesses from all over the province.




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Abubakar said the new moon was sighted in parts of Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Borno, Jigawa, Nassarawa, Plateau and Sokoto States among others.

Muslims also honour Eid by giving to charity and this is referred to as Zakat al-Fitr.

This means Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on Friday.

The announcement was made by Mufti Muneeb after chairing a meeting of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee.

Mojaharul Mannan, director of the Cultural Department at the Islamic Foundation said: "We all work together to correctly determine the day of Eid".

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