The UAE Moon Sighting Committee has announced that tomorrow, Friday, July 17, 2015, will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
Saudi Arabia has announced that Friday, July 17, is the first day of Eid Al Fitr, after the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, Emarat Al Youm reports.
Alongwith the UAE and Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Turkey, the Philippines, the Balkans, China and Malaysia will mark Friday as the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
Many Arab countries to mark Eid Al Fitr on Friday
Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine announced today that tomorrow, Friday, will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr, after the sighting of Shawwal Crescent for year 1436 H.
Eid in Oman on Saturday: While the Sultanate of Oman announced that Saturday would be the first day of Eid Al Fitr. It cited that Friday is the complementary to the month of Ramadan, and therefore, Saturday is the first day of Eid Al Fitr in Oman.
Eid Al Fitr prayer will be held in Dubai at 6am, the Dubai Media Office has announced. The media office tweet quoted the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
Earlier, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, issued a decision to set up a moon-sighting committee chaired by him to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, and marking the end of Ramadan.
The committee will hold a meeting after Maghreb prayer on Thursday, 29th of Ramadan, corresponding to July 16, at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.
The decision called on all the Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
The Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia will also meet on Thursday, July 16, to witness the Shawwal crescent.
Muslims in the Middle East, Europe and the US will be anxiously waiting for the announcement of Eid Al Fitr as majority in Western countries follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Hijri calendar.