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Muslims in India to celebrate Eid al-Fitr Tuesday, July 29
Monday July 28, 2014 8:32 PM, Staff Reporter

The Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in India on Tuesday i.e. July 29, 2014, various hilal committees of the country announced today after the Eid moon was sighted in Bihar, Assam, Odhisha, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

Eid moon India

"The new moon has been sighted in some parts of Bihar, accordingly Eid al Fitr will be celebrated here on Tuesday i.e. July 29, 2014", Mohammad Wali Rehmani of Khanqah Rehmania, Munger, said while talking to on phone.

He said the new moon is also sighted in villages near Kolkata. The hilal committees of Kolkata have also announced Tuesday as the first day of Eid.

He also prayed for the welfare of Muslims on the occaion and wished them the greetings of the festival celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Eid moon is also sighted in some villages of Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, the Eid will be celebrated here Tuesday.

In Hyderabad and major parts of Maharashtra the atmoosphere is cloudy. But based on the moon sighting reports from Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad has announced to celebrate Eid on Tuesday i.e. July 29, 2014.

In Mumbai and Delhi, Hilal Commitees announced the first day of Eid will be on Tuesday.

"Based on moon sighting reports from different parts of the country, the Hilal Committee Jama Masjid Mumbai announced that Eid will be celebrated in Mumbai on July 29", Mehmood Daryabadi said while talking to

Earlier, Muslims around the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Jordan, the United States of America (USA), Europe and Bangladesh on Monday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia and UAE moon sighting commitee announced on Sunday that Eid al-Fitr would begin on July 28, after the crescent moon was spotted, signaling the start of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

To signify the beginning of Eid and in compliance with the Sunnah, or practices of the Prophet Mohammad, many Muslims wake up early in the morning and pray Salat ul-Fajr, or the dawn prayer.

Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr by coming together with friends and family, preparing sweets, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes. A usual greeting during this celebration is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid.”

But holiday celebrations are likely to be mired by a deadly conflict between the Israeli army and Palestinian group Hamas, which over the past two weeks has resulted in the death of more than 1,050 people in the Gaza Strip, mostly Palestinian civilians.

Also events in Iraq, where militants belonging to Sunni jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are likely to put a downer on celebrations. In recent months, the jihadists have claimed swathes of Iraqi cities and are battling with Iraqi security forces.

This year, most of the Arab, European, American and Canadian Muslims celebrated the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr on the same dates as Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates have also said Eid al-Fitr would begin Monday.

The Iraqi and Palestinian grand muftis have also made similar announcements.

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar system and the first day of the new month is counted with sighting of the new moon.

The moon sighting tradition was pioneered by Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) 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."

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