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Eid al Fitr to be celebrated in UAE Monday
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:37 PM, Agencies

The United Arab Emirate (UAE) will celebrate Eid Al Fitr tomorrow i.e. Monday July 28 as the Shawwal moon has been sighted in the country by the Moon Sighting Committee, the Emirates News Agency Wam has announced.

"After exhausting all legitimate methods and making contacts with neighbouring countries, the Shawwal moon was sighted and therefore Sunday, July 27, 2014 is the completion day of Ramadan and Monday July 28, the 1st of Shawwal 1435, is the first day of Eid Al Fitr," Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Committee, announced after the committee meeting at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.

In the meantime news reports said moon sighting commitee and the supreme council of Saudi Arabia are busy in meetings. A formal announcement of when the Eid will be celecrated in Saudi Arabia will be announced shortly.

Earlier, elaborate arrangements were made in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf states to witness the Eid moon. The Hilal Committees in these countries had appealed to the masses to report to the authorities concerned if they have confirmation of moon sighting.

The moon sighting committees in UAE met today evening to witness Shawwal moon.

Most of the Arab, European, American and Canadian Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr on the same dates as the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

In India and the neighbouring countries Sunday is the 28th day of Ramadan, and Muslims in these countries will see the new moon Monday.

The Fiqh Council of North America had announced that Eid al Fitr this year will be celebrated on Monday. The announcement has been made based on astronomical location of the moon.

“The Astronomical New Moon is on July 26, 2014 (Saturday) at 22:41 Universal Time. (1:41 a.m. on July 27, Makkah time). On July 26, Saturday, sunset at Makkah is 7:03 p.m. and moonset is 6:33 p.m. Moon is born after sunset in Makkah and moon sets before sunset. On July 27, Sunday, sunset at Makkah is 7:02 p.m. and moonset is at 7:14 p.m. Moon is born before sunset, while moonset is after sunset. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid al-Fitr is July 28, Monday, insha’Allah”", the Council said in a statement.

The traditional Ramadan moon sighting tradition was pioneered by Mohammad, Islam's progenitor, and carried on, as a religious practice, by Muslims of today. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Fast when you see the new moon, break your fast when you see the new moon."

On Eid day, the festival will be celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm all over the world and Muslims will be seen dressed in beautiful clothes, visiting mosques and attending Eid prayers.


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