As the world is waiting to witness the fist sight of the moon to kick of the Eid Al-Fitr 2017, some of the countries have already started breaking their month-long fast. Only the moon can mark the beginning of Eid and it is witnessed on different days every year. Stay tuned here for latest updates on moon sighting.
In Australia, Eid has been announced by the National Imams Council of Australia. Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, the Grand Mufti of Australia took to Facebook to make the announcement. Also, the moon has been sighted in Malaysia after the announcement of Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad. The news of the first sight of the moon in Malaysia first broke out on Television and then over radio across the country. And right after completing the fast Muslims in Malaysia spotted the moon.
Moon has been seen in countries like Nigeria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Sharjah. Also, Egypt and Libya will celebrate Eid tomorrow. Countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will most likely observe Eid on Monday.
In Australia’s Sydney, this year, Muslims have even planned to rope in non-Muslims for the Eid celebrations and for this they have arranged food from different parts of the world.
In UAE the moon is yet to be sighted and for this, a committee has been formed under Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi. Also, the Sharia courts will look for the moon and if it is in sight then the courts will inform the committee.
Initially, for most of the Muslim countries, The Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) – an International Astronomical Center which predicts about the prayer times, crescent observations etc had mentioned June 25 as the date of breaking fast.
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