Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, markets abuzz with shoppers across valley

Janie Parker
June 25, 2017

Riyadh/Dubai: Eid al Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday June 25 or a day later on Monday June 26 - the decision by Saudi Supreme Court and Moon Sighting Committees in UAE and other Arab states is expected by 08:00 pm today evening. Gifts are exchanged, and Muslims convene at mosques to carry out Eid Prayer.

Varying geographical and weather conditions meant that people in different locations can not see the appearance of the crescent the same day, making Muslims around the world fast on different days.

Turkey and Muslim communities in North America, Europe and Australia had previously announced they would celebrate Eid ul-Fitr from Sunday, 25th June based on astronomical calculations.

In 2017, Eid-al-Fitr once again will fall during the longer, warmer summer days including the longest day of the year, meaning the challenge of going for 19 hours without any food or drink. While some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves, many either use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia. The final confirmation of Eid al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the Shawwal moon in respective countries. It's a day for special prayers and an extension of forgiveness and generosity. There are also those who mark the new month only after personally seeing a crescent Moon in the sky.

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The Main Committee For Moon Sighting has said in their meeting earlier this evening that the moon has not been sighted for the month of Shawwal, confirming that Sunday will complete the 30th day of Ramadan. But the Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia are likely to celebrate it on Monday. "We know it is a time to show love and goodwill towards one another, thus we are here to celebrate with you in the new season of love and brotherliness", Miss Amarquaye added.

What do Muslims do on Eid day? Usually, Muslims gather at one fine place, wear new clothes and do Salat al-Eid prayer and then first-day breakfast of the Ramadan.

The celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the United Kingdom, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014.

The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana, (COMOG) has called on Muslim chiefs and the stakeholders in the Muslim Community to reconsider the way Eid is being celebrated by Muslim youth to reflect the good image of Islam.

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