Sunday, the 24th of May will be the first day of Shawwal 1441 H, marking the beginning of Eid Al Fitr, the UAE Moon-sighting Committee has announced.
The announcement was made after committee held a virtual meeting under the chairmanship of the Justice Minister along with a number of senior officials, after Maghrib prayer on Friday.
The holiday will begin on May 23 or 24, depending on the sighting of the new moon, and the dawn-to-dusk fasting of Ramadan will come to an end. Muslims in Gulf countries have been observing fast since April 24, after the Ramadan moon was sighted on April 23. Friday is the 29th day of Ramadan in the region.
Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia: Scientific calculation
As per the calculation, the sunset will take place at 6:39 p.m. whereas Moon will set 13 minutes before Sun at 6:26 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, Moon can be sighted as it will set 43 minutes after Sun at 7:23 p.m. at 293 degrees.
The aim of the celebration is to promote peace and bring yourself back to the normal course of life after the long month of self-restraint and religious devotion of Ramadan.
Saudi Gazette reported that astronomers at the observatory of Majmaah University near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Thursday confirmed that the crescent moon of Shawwal is unlikely to be sighted on Friday, Ramadan 29.
“According to the scientific calculations that were published on the astronomical observatory site that sun will set at 6.39 pm at 293 degrees, and the moon will set at 6.26 pm Friday, Ramadan 29, and this means the moon will set 13 minutes before the sunset,” observatory sources said in the report.
Saudi Arabia Supreme Court has asked Muslims throughout the country to report the sighting of the crescent moon.
The court said, “Whoever sights the moon with naked eyes or through binoculars, report to the nearest court and register testimony, or report to an authority of a region’s centre in the area.”