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Confusion in Arab states over Eid dates
Tuesday August 6, 2013 5:47 PM, ummid.com News Network

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia in a statement has asked Muslims across the country to look for the new Shawwal crescent on Tuesday evening to determine when Eid Al-Fitr will be celebrated. This despite Tuesday being 28th of Ramadan.

"Those who witness the moon should inform the nearest court. If the moon was not sighted on Tuesday, they should look for it on Wednesday evening," the court said in a statement.

Sighting the moon later today would mean this year's Ramadan could end in 28 days and Muslims could celebrate Eid Ul Fitr on Wednesday which would correct an earlier moon-sighting error.

Previously, Eid-Ul-Fitr was expected to fall on either Thursday or Friday.

It is believed that an error in the lunar citing to mark the onset of Ramadan caused the confusion.

The odd event happens only once in 30 years. The last time Ramadan ended in 28 days was in 1984.

Muslims across the world follow the lunar calendar which marks the onset of a new month based on the sighting of the new moon.

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