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Eid confusion cleared, Saudi Supreme Court says Wednesday 29th of Ramadan
Wednesday August 7, 2013 0:22 AM, ummid.com News Network

The new Shawwal crescent was not witnessed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday; therefore, Wednesday will be the 29th day of the Muslim month of Ramadan, the Saudi Supreme Court announced.

The announcement has cleared the confusion over the Eid date.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the public to look for the new Shawwal crescent on Tuesday evening to determine if the Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims celebrate the end of Ramada, will on Wednesday.

"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 had said in a statement.

Following the announcement, it was felt that this year's Ramadan might end with 28 days - an event which last occurred 30 years back.

It was 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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