Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 Moon sighting, Saudi Arabia: The Shawwal moon has not been sighted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The personnel deployed at all key regions from where the moon was expected to be sighted have confirmed that the crescent was not seen. The 30th of Ramadan would be observed tomorrow and Eid al-Fitr be celebrated on Sunday, May 24.
The moon has NOT been sighted in Saudi Arabia. #EidAlFitr will be celebrated on Sunday 24th May 2020. In sha Allah
May Allah ﷻ accept our fasting, prayers and ‘ibadah and allow us to end the blessed month of #Ramadan with devotion and ‘ibadah. Aameen
— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 (@HaramainInfo) May 22, 2020
The Saudi Supreme Court had on Thursday called upon Muslims living in the Kingdom to attempt the sighting of moon today. In several parts of the nation, telescopes will be used from the period before Asr prayers leading up to dusk. The attempt to sight the new moon would be suspended after Maghrib prayers.
Theologically, the festival of Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Islamic month of Shawwal. Since the Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, a month lasts for either 29 or 30 days. Today is the 29th date of Ramadan and if the moon is sighted, Eid would celebrated tomorrow, May 23.
When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 in India?
All eyes will be on the sky on Saturday night (23 May 2020) to spot the moon. If the moon is sighted, Eid al-Fitr 2020 will be on Sunday 24 May 2020. If not, Eid will be observed on 25 May 2020, Monday.
Just to be noted that all official holiday for Eid is scheduled for Monday.
All about Eid-ul-Fitr
12 months of the Islamic calendar carry either 29 or 30 days. Ramzan also has either 29 or 30 days and Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. However, the number of days in the month is only established after the sighting of the moon.
The start date is set by both lunar calculations and physical sightings which determine when the last day of one lunar month ends and a new one begins.