Some countries declare Eid festivities for Sunday

Some countries declare Eid festivities for Sunday
While Uganda Muslim Supreme Council is yet to announce Eid Al-Fitri celebrations, some countries are already declaring that Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Sunday, June 25th, 2017. Courtesy Photo.

Today Saturday 24th June has been declared as the 29th day of Ramadan for Saudi Arabia and other countries that started fasting on May 27th, the Saudi high court announced this morning. If the moon is sighted on Saturday night, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will be observed on Sunday, June 25. Otherwise Ramadan will carry on to 30 days.

While Uganda Muslim Supreme Council is yet to announce Eid Al-Fitri celebrations, some countries are already declaring that Eid Al-Fitr will be observed on Sunday, June 25th, 2017. Since the date of Eid Al-Fitr can only be dictated by the sighting of the moon, it falls on a different day every year.

Eid Al-Fitr has just been announced by National Imam’s Council of Australia. The announcement was made by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed. In his statement, Dr. Mohammed said June 24 will be the last day of Ramadan, and June 25 – Sunday will be the first day of Shawaal and hence the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.

In Uganda, it is anticipated that Eid announcements will be made within two hours from sunset, because when the moon is new, it rises and sets with the sun. On June 25, the moon is expected to be visible with the naked eye all over the world.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and other South-east Asian nations have begun the expedition to sight the crescent moon of 29th Ramadan. Some tweets are already emerging from some countries with individuals wishing other happy Eid festivities.

Prophet Muhammad is believed to have received the first revelation of the Holy Quran during this month. The exact date of Eid depends on a combination of the sighting of the new moon and astronomical calculations.

The time when Eid starts also depends on where you are in the world, and when the new moon is seen. Also known as Eid Al-Fitr or Ramadan-Id, it is celebrated by Muslims all over the world, towards the end of the month of Ramadan.

Muslims look forward to Eid Al-Fitr as an occasion of peace, happiness, joy, and festivity. It’s a day for special prayers and an extension of forgiveness and generosity. The day brings people together as the festival celebrates togetherness and encourages fellowship.

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