Friday, June 24, 2022

Eid Al Fitr 2022 date: Muslims in Saudi Arabia to sight crescent moon

Dubai: The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom in order to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Saturday night, which will be the night of Ramadan 29.

As per some media reports, the supreme court urged anyone spotting the crescent of Shawwal with the naked eye or through binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony.

Sheikh Dr Abdullatif Bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, has directed the ministry’s departments to organise all mosques and praying halls outdoors to receive worshipers to perform Eid Al Fitr prayers.

Al Al-Sheikh has already set the time for Eid Al Fitr prayers, and that will be 15 minutes after sunrise, according to the Umm Al Qura calendar.

The announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development that there will be mainly four days of Al-Fitr holidays for the private and non-profit sectors in the Kingdom.

According to the statement, the holiday will start from the end of the working day on Saturday, April 30 (Ramadan 29).

According to the UAE’s The International Astronomical Centre, May 2 would be the first day of Eid Al Fitr in many countries, as the crescent of Shawwal 1443 will likely be seen on Saturday, April 30, corresponding to the 29th of Ramadan.

Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, Director of the Centre, stated that in countries that started Ramadan on Sunday, April 3, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Jordan, Morocco and Ghana, the crescent of Shawwal would be seen on Sunday, May 1.

Many countries will witness the crescent on May 1; sighting the moon that day will not be possible in Australia and other neighbouring regions; however, it would be a chance that they can see the crescent via a telescope in Central and West Asia, most of Europe and Southern Africa.

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