New Delhi, June 14: Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in most parts of India on Saturday, June 16. In Kerala and Gujarat, however, the crescent moon has been sighted. The two coastal states will be the only part of India which will celebrate Eid tomorrow, along with the entire Middle East and Africa.
Ramadan-ul-Kareem in all regions of India began on May 17, barring parts of Maharashtra and the states of Assam and West Bengal. Attempts to sight the moon was made in all other states as 29 fasts of Ramzan were completed.
Since the crescent has not been sighted, the Eid will be celebrated on Saturday be default. However, in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Assam, there remains a slim possibility of Eid being celebrated on Sunday, if the crescent remains invisible tomorrow.
Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, confirmed the non-sighting of moon in most parts of the nation on Thursday evening. "Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on June 16," said the statement issued by his office. The Ruet-e-Hilal Committees of Hyderabad and Lucknow also confirmed that no moon has been sighted their respective regions.
Meanwhile, the crescent was seen in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Algeria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. The region will celebrate Eid al-Fitr tomorrow.
In Down South, no moon was sighted in Australia and New Zealand. However, the crescent was spotted in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, which are scheduled to celebrate Eid al-Fitr tomorrow.