Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra
would be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr along with by and large entire
India on Monday, it was announced by the Mumbai Hilal Committee
"We have received confirmed reports
of moon sighting from various parts of the country including
Maharashtra. Based on the moon sighting report from Shrivardhan it is announced that Monday would be the first day of
Eid-ul-Fitr", Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi said to ummid.com on
phone after the Hilal Committee meeting.
In Malegaon also it was announced by
the hilal committees of Jamiat Ahle-Hadees and Jamiatul Ulema that
Monday would be the Eid-ul-Fitr and first day of the month of
Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra,
Gujarat and Rajasthan are the places where people began Ramadan -
the holy month of fasting, a day later than other parts of India
including Delhi and Hyderabad. These places that have completed
thirty days of Ramadan have already announced that they would be
celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.
With this, almost entire India -
barring Kerala and few cities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu would be
celebrating the Eid on Monday. Kerala, and Bhatkal and Manglore in
Karnataka celebrated the Eid on Sunday.
Meanwhile, moon sighting
confirmations are pouring in from various parts of India. In
Pratapgarh, Lucknow and some other parts of Uttar Pradesh and
Bangalore in Karnataka the new moon is sighted by the masses.
The new moon is also sighted in
Sewni, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Yesterday the hilal committees of
Assam, Ruyat-Hilaal Committee of Andhra Pradesh, Imarat-e-Sharia
Bihar, Jharkhand and Odhisa also announced that these states would
be celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.
Chief Qazi of Tamil Nadu Dr. Salahuddin Mohammad Ayub
alsoannounced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the state on
In Uttar Pradesh, Shia cleric and vice president AIMPLB Kalbe
Sadiq; Markazi Chand Committee led by Khalid Rasheed Farangi
Mahali and in West Bengal, Imam Tipu Sultan Mosque Kolkata Nurur
Rahman Barkati announced that the Eid would be celebrated on
In other parts of the world, China celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr on
Saturday whereas Saudi Aarabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Libya
and the United Arab Emirates announced on Friday that the
Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations would be marked in the Arab states on
Sunday. The decision was taken after the new moon could not be
seen on Friday.
Ramadan fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside the
belief in the Oneness of God, the finality of the prophethood of
Mohammed, establishment of the daily prayers, concern for and
almsgiving to the needy, and the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah for
those who are able.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two biggest Muslim holidays of the year,
often compared to Christmas in its significance and revelry. The
other major holiday is the sacrificial feast of Eid al-Adha, at
the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah.
In predominantly Muslim countries, the celebration can last for
three days. Muslims fill the mosques early in the morning to
attend the congregational Eid prayers.