South Africa will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, June 5.In Kenya, Zimbabwe, Chad, Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia and other parts of Africa, Eid al-Fitr 2019 will be celebrated tomorrow, June 4.
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An announcement on the Shawwal hilal crescent is awaited in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Chad, Namibia and other parts of Africa. A final decision is expected shortly after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decides.
The Shawwal crescent has not been sighted in any nation so far. In nation where the sunset is over -- Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia -- an announcement has been issued confirming June 5 as the date of Eid al-Fitr 2019 celebrations.
The Hilal Committees in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Chad, Namibia and other parts of Africa are keeping a close tab on the skies to spot the hilal crescent. An announcement on the Eid moon sighting is expected this evening. Stay tuned here for the live updates emerging from Eid moon sighting 2019 in the region.
Cape Town, June 3: The ambiguity over Eid al-Fitr 2019 dates will be cleared this evening with the announcement to be issued by the respective hilal committees in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Chad, Namibia and other parts of the African continent. Stay tuned here for the live news and updates on Eid moon sighting 2019 emerging from the above countries. Eid Moon Sighting 2019 Live News Updates: Track Here Which Countries Will Celebrate Eid al-Fitr Tomorrow.
If the moon is sighted today, the Eid prayers will be held tomorrow morning after sunrise. If the crescent remains unseen, then the final fast of Ramadan would be observed tomorrow and Eid al-Fitr celebration would be pushed to Wednesday, June 5. Watch Live Streaming of Eid Moon Sighting 2019 on Al Arabiya.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the biggest festivals in Africa -- the continent which houses a large number of Muslims. The entire continent began fasts on May 6, along with the Middle East, the Gulf and most other parts of the world barring the Indian subcontinent.
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Why Eid Dates Are Not Pre-Confirmed?
Since the dates in Islam are based on the lunar cycle, the sighting of the new moon determines whether the month has come to an end or not. If the moon gets sighted today, the Islamic month of Ramadan will end today, and the succeeding month of Shawwal will begin. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal.
In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka -- where Ramadan is also referred to as Ramzan -- the lunar cycle is a day late as compared to the rest of the world. The subcontinent region will attempt sighting the hilal crescent tomorrow.