RIYADH: Sunday is the first day of Eid ul Fitr as the crescent of Shawwal has been sighted in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, Arab media reported.
“Sunday, June 25, is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr in Saudi Arabia” the Supreme Court announced, in a statement.
Shawwal’s crescent moon was sighted on Saturday evening, which means Eid will start on Sunday.
The Supreme Court earlier called on Muslims in the kingdom to sight the crescent moon on Saturday evening.
Astronomer Khalid Al-Zaaq, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences confirmed in his Twitter account that “Eid begins Sunday astronomically.”
He added that “the astronomical calculations based on followed criteria suggest that Sunday is first day of Eid Al-Fitr.”
In Pakistan, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (CRHC) will meet in Peshawar on June 25 in connection with Shawwal moon sighting.
The meeting would be held on June 25 at Aiwan-e-Auqaf – Eidgah, Charsadda Road in Peshawar with Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman in chair.
Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman has asked the people from across the country to approach the committee members via phone numbers 03002043428, 0919626663 and 03356329700 for providing evidence/information about moon sighting.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has already predicted that Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to fall on June 26.
The Muslim calendar is determined by Moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days. Islamic years span on average between 354 and 355 days. SAMAA