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The UAE moon sighting committee are meeting to discuss when Eid will begin

Should the new moon of Shawwal be sighted, the United Arab Emirates moon sighting committee will come together to discuss when Eid will begin. 

Ramadan began on Wednesday, June 16 and has lasted for a month with Muslims around the world fasting during daylight hours. 

The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed according to Islamic belief. 

During Ramadan, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity from dawn to sunset.

There are two meals a day throughout Ramadan, with a pre-fast meal known as Suhoor and a post-fast larger meal called Iftar. 

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is known as Sawm. 

According to Islam, Muslims must satisfy the five pillars in order to live a good and responsible life.

Has the Shawwal moon been sighted?

Shawwal is the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, which begins when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. 

The crescent of the Shawwal moon has been sighted in Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, the International Astronomy Centre announced today. 

In an official statement, the IAC announced that the moon “has still been spotted by the monitoring group from the top of Jabal Hafeet in Al Ain City.” 

The moon-sighting committee of the UAE will convene tonight to deliberate on and announce when Eid al-Fitr will fall this year.

Muslims at a mosque in Jama Masjid

Eid celebrations signify the beginning of the month of Shawwal

The committee has been formed under the Minister of Justice Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri and meets today – the 29th day of Ramadan after Maghrib prayers. 

Meeting at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, the committee will decide when the first day of Shawwal will fall, which is also the first day of Eid. 

Those in the committee have asked all Sharia courts to look out for the crescent moon and report any sightings. 

When does Eid al-Fitr begin?

Depending on the meeting tonight with the UAE’s moon sighting committee will make the announcement tonight after convening at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department. 

The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days. 

Islamic years span on average between 354 and 355 days depending on the lunar calendar. 

Should a crescent moon be spotted tonight, Shawwal will begin on Friday – signalling the first day of Eid al-Fitr. 

If a new moon is not seen by the committee, Friday will be assumed to be the last day of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr will begin on Saturday.

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