Muslims in India will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on September 11, 2010
Saturday as there is no report of the crescent appearing over the
horizon from any part of the country.
"There are no reports of sighting of
the moon from any part of the country. Hence we have decided to
count 30 days of Ramadan and to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on
Saturday", General Secretary of Jamiat Ahle-Hadees Hind, Maulana
Muqueem Faizee said while speaking to ummid.com on phone.
The Islamic calendar works on the
Lunar system and counting of the months depend on sighting of the
new moon. If new moon is sighted on 29th, new month begins.
Otherwise one has to count one more day to begin the new month.
Confirming the decision taken by the
Muslim leaders to celebrate Eid al-Fitr - the Muslim festival marking end of the Holy month of Ramadan, President of Jamiatul Ulema,
Maharashtra, Maulana Mustaqeem Assan Azmi said, "We have spoken to
various places in India including Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh,
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, various parts in Maharashtra
and the Jama Masjid in New Delhi. There is no report of the new
moon from any of these places."
"Hence we will fast for one more day
Friday and will celebrate the Eid al-Fitr next day on Saturday",
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other
Gulf nations are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr Friday. Due to the
differences in timing, the Gulf countries are normally ahead of
the Indian sub-continent by a day or two. Today people in these
countries are also counting 30 days of Ramadan as there were no
reports of moon sighting yesterday, the 29th.
Meanwhile, shoppers continue to
throng the markets for last minute buying. Owing to the good rains
this season, the markets all across the country saw heavy rush of
the buyers during the entire Ramadan.
"Shopping in Ramadan normally takes
its peak in the last ten days. However, this year we witnessed
overwhelming crowd in markets the entire month", said Mohd Aasim,