The Middle East including Saudi Arabia will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Thursday as new Shawwal moon has been sighted.
The UAE-based newspaper Khaleej Times said on Wednesday the announcement was made by the country’s moon-sighting committee.
Hadef bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, UAE Minister of Justice and chair of the moon-sighting committee, confirmed that.
”Muslim scholars in Saudi Arabia also confirmed moon-sighting reports, marking the onset of the month of Shawwal,” it added.
Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette also said the moon had been sighted.
Kuwait, Jordan and Palestine will also mark Eid on Thursday.
But Oman announced that Shawwal moon has not been sighted and Eid will be marked on Friday.
Meanwhile, Eid moon has also been sighted in Japan and Thursday is the first day of Shaawal.
Muslim scholars in Saudi Arabia appeared split on Tuesday on whether the end-of-Ramadan moon should be sighted on Tuesday, which marks 28 days of the fasting month.
Usually, Muslims in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan celebrate Eid a day after it is observed in Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic Foundation has said The National Moon-Sighting Committee will meet after Thursday’s Magrib prayers to set the date of Eid after reviewing news of sighting of the Shawal moon.
People have been requested to inform the committee on the 9559493, 9555947, 9556407 and 9558337 phone numbers if the new Shawwal moon is sighted anywhere in the country.
This year, the Ramadan month had 29 days in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Bd news24