Eid al Fitr 2018: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Saturday June 16, 2018, it was announced by moon sighting committees in India and Pakistan on Thursday, and by religious authorities in Bangladesh today evening.
Bangladesh took the decision regarding Eid celebration late because Muslims in Bangladesh started fasting of Ramadan a day later than those in India and Pakistan. The Eid moon was also sighted today in Malegaon and other parts of India where today was 29th of Ramadan, and where Muslims had started Ramadan fast late.
On Thursday, there was a high drama in India over sighting of Eid moon. After all major moon sighting committees and leading organisations, including Jamiate Ulema Hind, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Imrate Sharia Bihar and New Delhi and Darul Uloom announced Saturday June 16, 2018 as First Day of Eid, at about 03:00 am, a section in Mumbai led by Subayee Jamiat Ahle Hadees Mumbai and East Uttar Pradesh confirmed sighting of Eid moon on Thursday.
Accordingly, they decided not to fast on Friday but to celebrate Eid, along with other Muslims, on Saturday June 16, 2018. Muslims in Kerala, Bhatkal, and some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh celebrated Eid on Friday June 15.
Meanwhile, Eid al Fitr celebrations began today in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other Arab states. Eid is also celebrated today in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunaee.
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June 14, 2018 11:59 pm India on Thursday found itself split over the first day of Eid al Fitr even as Pakistan declared Saturday June 16, 2018 as the day of celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan after a meeting under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman held in Karachi said it did not receive any confirmed report of moon sighting on Thursday. Hence, it said, Friday will be 30th Ramadan and Saturday will mark the end of the Holy Month of fasting and the first day of Eid.
In India on the other hand, soon after the Maghrib prayers the majority of Moon Sighting Committees, including those from Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal, said Eid will be celebrated on Saturday June 16, 2018 as the new moon could not be sighted on Thursday.
However, soon Moon SIghting Committees in Kerala, Bhatkal, and also in Dabhel and Surat in Gujarat confirmed moon sighting and declared Friday June 15, 2018 as the first day of Eid. The decision was also followed by some cities in Madhya Pradesh.
This led to the confusion elsewhere in India. A fresh meeting of scholars was called at Darul Uloom Deoband and Masjid Abdul Hai Patna, Bihar. After the meeting, it was finally decided that Friday will be observed as the 30th day of Ramadan and Saturday June 16, 2018 will be the first day of Eid.
Kerala, Bhatkal, Dabhel, Surat and some cities in Madhya Pradesh however have stick to their decision and they will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Friday.
This is a redux of what had happened in May this year when Muslims in Mumbai, Malegaon and some other parts of India had refused to accept the majority decision, and instead of May 17, they started observing Ramadan fast on May 18, 2018.
11:30 pm Scholars of Darul Uloom Deoband are busy in a meeting after they received confirmation of moon sighting from Dabhel, Surat and some other parts of Gujarat to decide on the first day of Eid al Fitr in India.
Likewise, members of moon committees of all sects including Imarat Shariah Patna Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand and West Bengal, Jamiat Ahl Hadees, Khanqah Mujibiya and others are meeting in Masjid Abdul Hai, Patna. A decision is expected any moment.
Meanwhile, moon sighting committees in Australia and New Zealand have also declared Saturday June 16, 2018 as the first day of Eid al Fitr.
11:00 pm Even as most of the major moon sighting Committees in India announced that Eid al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday June 16, 2018, in a sudden decision taken a little while ago a member of Darul Deoband Executive Body declared that Eid al Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow on Friday.
Member of Darul Deoband Executive Body Mufti Ahmed in an audio message said they have received moon sighting confirmation from Dabhel, Gujarat based on which they have declared Friday as the first day of Eid.
Dabhel, Surat and some cities in Madhya Pradesh had earlier announced the sighting of moon today and hence Eid on Friday.
10:00 pm The moon of the month of Shawwal could not be sighted in Pakistan on Thursday hence Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan announced today.
The decision was announced at a press conference after a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman was held in Karachi for the sighting of moon. The announcement regarding Eid-ul-Fitr was made after testimonies of moon sighting were received from different parts of the country, local media reported.
Besides the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, zonal committees also held their meetings in major cities of Pakistan to collect regarding the sighting of Shawwal moon.
Moon Sighting Committees in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Bengaluru, Karnataka, Markazi Rouyate Hilal Committee Jamiat Ahle Hadees New Delhi, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi have also announced that Eid al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday June 16, 2018.
The Eid moon has also been sighted in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the neighboring countries. Therefore Eid al Fitr 2018 in these countries will be celebrated tomorrow i.e. Friday June 15.
Readers should take care that there are some fake news and old videos of TV channels circulating on social media claiming that moon is sighted in one part or the other. They are fake and untrue, readers should note.
09:45 pm The meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan and Moon Sighting Committees in Darul Deoband and Markazi Rooyate Hilal Committee Delhi have been temporarily suspended as no confirmed report of moon sighting is received from any part of the two countries.
The meeting will resume after a short while. Meanwhile, scholars in Darul Uloom Deoband are offering Traweeh prayers. They will resume meeting after Traweeh prayers and take a final call.
As of now, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi and Khalid Rasheed Farangimahali have announced that Eid al Fitre will be celebrated on Saturday June 16. Similar announcement has also been made by Markazi Rooyate Hilal Committee Bengaluru, Karnataka. In a signed statement it said the Eid moon is not sighted today hence Eid will be celebrated on Saturday.
09:00 pm The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan is meeting in Karachi whereas the Moon Sighting Committees in Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai and other parts of India are still in their meeting to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
The moon sighting committee meetings are taking longer than the normal time as there are no confirmed report of moon sighting in the two countries as of now.
08:15 pm Maghrib prayers in Pakistan and India is over and the Moon Sighting Committees in Karachi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai and other parts of the two countries have started their meeting to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
In Pakistan, the meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman is under way in Karachi for the sighting of the Shawwal moon.
07:45 pm Maghrib prayers in India is over and the Moon Sighting Committees in Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai and other parts of the country have started their meeting to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
In Pakistan, Maghrib prayer has just finished and moon sighting committees in Lahore and Islambad will tsrat their meeting soon.
06:30 pm The Central Moon Sighting Committees in India and Pakistan will meet after Magrhib prayers today i.e. Thursday June 14, 2018, corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1439, to receive, analyse and confirm the Eid moon.
An official Eid moon sighting announcement in India and Pakistan is expected by 07:30-08:00 pm local time.
01:00 pm The Central Moon Sighting Committees in India and Pakistan have issued appeals to Muslims in their respective countries to sight the crescent, Eid Moon or Eid Chand, Thursday June 14, 2018 corresponding to 29th Ramadan 1439.
The Central Moon Sighting Committees, also known as Markazi Ruet-e-Hilal Committees, have also made special arrangements to sight the new moon and decide the first daof Eid 2018 in India and Pakistan. The moon sighting committees will hold special meeting today after Salate Maghrib and ascertain, if any, reports of moon sighting.
Appeals to sight moon have also been issued by Hilal Committees in Lukcnow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Patna, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and other cities in India. Official decision by Central Moon Sighting Committee Pakistan and Central Moon Sighting Committee New Delhi is expected soon after Salate Maghrib Thursday evening.
A new month in the Islamic Calendar is decided based on sighting of the crescent – the new moon, on the 29th day of an ongoing month. If the moon is sighted on 29th, the new month begins the next day. Otherwise, the next day is counted as the 30th and last day of the ongoing month and the next day is the first day of the new month.
This process is followed as per the tradition of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). The beginning of Ramadan has traditionally been based on “hilal” sightings, which is the traditional method mentioned in the Quran and followed by the Prophet Muhammad.
This is the first time in recent history, Muslims in India and Pakistan have started the fasting of Ramadan on the same day. Hence, Muslims in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Oman and other GCC nations will also sight the Eid 2018 moon today i.e. Thursday June 14, 2018.
Accordingyly, moon sighting committees are formed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and other Arab states. They have appealed to Muslims, along with the Saudi Supreme Court (Saudi Royal Court), to sight the Eid moon today after sunset. Similar appeals have also been issued by Eid Moon Sighting Committees in Indonesia, Malaysia as well as United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, France, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
In case the new moon is not sighted today then the First Day of Eid al Fitr 2018 will be on Saturday June 16, 2018.
In Bangladesh, Nepal and part of India, including Mumbai, Malegaon and Dhule in North Maharashtra, Thursday corresponds to 28th Ramadan 1439 as they had started fasting a day later than the major parts of Indian subcontinent. Hence Muslims in Bangladesh, Nepal and parts of India including Mumbai will sight the Eid moon on Friday.
On the other hand, in Turkey and the United States Thursday June 14 corresponds to 30th Ramadan 1439. And, since Muslims here have already completed 30 days of Ramadan, they will celebrate Eid al Fitr tomorrow i.e. Friday June 15, 2018.
Eid al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan - the month of fasting in which Muslims across the world refrained from eating and drinking during day time. Special prayers, including Traweeh prayers, were offered all across the Muslim world. A huge amount of money and food were also donated in the Holy month of Ramadan to help the poor and needy.
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