Saudi & UAE scholar: ‘Eid will fall on Wednesday’

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Wednesday is expected to be confirmed as the first day of Eid.

A moon sighting committee will meet tonight after Maghrib prayers. If they see the crescent moon then the following day will be declared as Eid.

The crescent moon won’t be visible until Tuesday though, according to Dr Humaid Majol Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Sharjah for Academic Affairs.

“The moon will not be seen today according to the scientific method of calculating the birth of a new moon. This means that we will have 30 days of Ramadan and Wednesday will mark the first day of Eid,” he said.

“The Muslim calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last between 29 and 30 days. The end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal starts when a new crescent Moon appears immediately after sunset.

“The formation of the new moon does not indicate the beginning of the Shawwal month, as that depends on the sighting of the moon.

“The moon can only be seen if it is seven degrees away from the sun and five degrees above the horizon.”

The official moon sighting committee is chaired by the Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi.

UAE, Saudi committees meet today to witness Shawwal moon

Committee will hold meeting after Maghreb prayer – around 7pm

The moon-sighting committees of the UAE and Saudi Arabia will meet Monday, July 4 in their respective countries to witness the Crescent of Shawwal.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, has issued a decision setting up the moon-sighting committee to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan and start of Eid Al Fitr.

The committee will hold a meeting on Monday after Maghreb prayer – around 7pm – at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi. It will be under the chairmanship of Justice Minister and other members.

The decision called on all Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.

After collecting all the evidences of moon-sighting from different corners of the country, the announcement is expected around 9pm.

Most of the Muslims in the Western countries follow Saudi Arabia for Hijri calendar, hence begin and end the holy month of Ramadan on the same dates.

Eid likely on July 6: Sharjah Centre for Astronomy

Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, will likely be on Wednesday, July 6, according to a UAE astronomer.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Assistant Director of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, said Ramadan is expected to end on Tuesday, July 5.

“Wednesday, July 6, will be the start of the month of Shawal. It is impossible to see the Crescent on Monday night. So Eid Al Fitr will start on Wednesday,” he said.

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