Eid al Fitr 2021 Moon Sighting Live Updates:
The crescent moon for the month of Shawwal 1442 was not sighted on Tuesday evening. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13 2021 which will mark the end of Ramadan 2021
The Saudi Royal Court will meet today after Salat al Maghrib to analyse and confirm reports of moon sighting if any. Moon sighting officials and religious authorities in UAE, Qatar and other countries in the region will also meet today evening to decide the first day of Eid 2021.
Kerala will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13 as the crescent moon is not sighted on Tuesday evening.
North America expects Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13
According to the Fiqh Council of North America, the Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:02 Universal Time. On this day, there is no place on Earth reportedly where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Hence, Shawwal 1442 cannot start the next day which means that the first day of Shawwal or Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 is on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
Jeddah Astronomical Association predicts Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13
Jeddah Astronomical Association has said that the most likely sighting date for the Shawwal moon will be on Wednesday 12 May. As per a top official, a new moon is likely to be sighted in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday which is May 12. If this is the case, Eid-ul-Fitr will follow on Thursday i.e. May 13 but a final announcement from the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia is awaited.
The final announcement on whether the moon is sighted or not will be made after Maghrib prayers in Kerala.
Authorities in Indonesia and Malaysia on Tuesday said that the Shawwal moon had not been sighted. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13.
In the Gulf region, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have urged Muslims to try to spot the crescent on Tuesday evening.
A final announcement regarding the sighting of the crescent moon will be made shortly in Kerala. If the moon is sighted today, the Southern state will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on May 12. If the moon is not sighted, Eid will be celebrated on May 13.
When is the Eid al-Fitr 2021 moon sighting predicted?
Traditionally, Ramadan begins the day after the sighting of the crescent moon, which generally appears one night after the new moon, meaning the start date cannot be precisely predicted.
A formal announcement by the Saudi moon authorities is expected by 07:30 pm Makkah Time Tuesday.
#Shawwal 1442 Crescent Search today!
The crescent of the month of Shawwal will be searched today to determine the day of Eid Al Fitr.
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Eid on Wednesday if crescent moon is sighted on Ramadan 29, 1442 H
As per the Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court, if the moon is sighted with the naked eye on Ramadan 29, 1442 H which is Tuesday May 11, the committee will announce the end of the fasting month and Eid ul Fitr for the next day i.e. Wednesday.
The Saudi Royal Court will meet today after Salat al Maghrib to analyse and confirm reports of moon sighting if any.
Moon sighting officials and religious authorities in UAE, Qatar and other countries in the region will also meet today evening to decide the first day of Eid 2021.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called on whoever sights the crescent with naked eyes or through binoculars to report to a nearest court and register his testimony, or report to an authority of a region’s centre in his area, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The UAE had on Monday announced the formation of a moon-sighting committee to spot the crescent.
“The committee will meet after the Maghrib prayers on on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 corresponding to 29th of Ramadan 1442H at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to spot the crescent”, the government sources said.
“Eid Moon sighting”
Special arrangements have been made and general appeals have also been issued by the authorities in Qatar and other Gulf states including Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to sight the Eid moon today on Tuesday May 11, 2021 corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1442H of the Islamic Calendar.
“Eid will be celebrated on Wednesday May 12, 2021 if the new moon is sighted today. If the moon is not sighted (today), then Wednesday will mark a regular fasting day and Eid will be celebrated on Thursday May 13, 2021”, Saudi Royal Court said.
“Auastralia, Singapore to celebrate Eid on May 13”
The Australian National Imams Council and Majils Ugama Islam Singpaore have announced that Muslims in the two countries will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Thursday May 13, 2021.
“Wednesday, May 12, 2021, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan 1442H, and Thursday, May 13, 2021 will be the first day of Shawwal 1442H, as well as Eid Al Fitr”, the Australian National Imams Council said in a statement.
“Eid 2021 in US, Canada”
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
“The Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:02 Universal Time. On that day there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Therefore Shawwal 1442 cannot start the next day. Hence first day of Shawwal is on Thursday, May 13, 2021, insha’Allah. Eid-ul-Fitr will be on Thursday May 13, 2021”, the council said.
“This year, Eid ul Fitr 2021 is expected to be celebrated on Thursday, May 13, 2021. However, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon of Shawwal, 1442, 10th month of Islamic Calendar”, Association of Muslims in Canada said.
According to the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) and the UK’s Islamic Relief, Eid Al-Fitr is likely to fall on Thursday, May 13, in France and the UK. Wifaqul Ulama, London has accordingly asked Muslims in Britain to sight the new moon on Wednesday May 12, 2021.
The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand on the other hand will sight the Eid moon on Wednesday May 12, 2021 along with Muslims in India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries.