All parts of the Arabian Gulf, including the West Asian region of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have begun the observance of Rabi ul Awwal. Eid-e-Milad or Mawlid would be celebrated in these nations from the evening of November 8 to the sunset of November 9. In Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei as well, the crescent has been sighted. Meanwhile, attempt to sight the Rabi ul Awwal moon in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other parts of the Indian Subcontinent will be made tomorrow. According to the Meteorological Office based in Islamabad, the moon is likely to be sighted in the region tomorrow.

Muslims in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe also expect to sight the Rabi ul Awwal crescent. If the moon is spotted, Eid-e-Milad will be celebrated on November 9 in the West. Meanwhile, all eyes are set on the announcement to be made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If the moon is sighted in the Middle East, other countries in the western hemisphere are also expected to begin the observance of Rabi ul Awwal. Stay tuned here for the updates.

The crescent has been sighted in Indonesia and Malaysia, beginning to an end the month of Safar in the Southeast Asian region. Eid-e-Milad in that part of the world would be celebrated from the evening of November 8 to the sunset of November 9. Stay tuned here for the updates from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East.

Apart from the Hilal sighting committee in Abuja, the Sultan of Sokoto has called upon Muslims living in Nigeria to attempt sighting the crescent moon of Rabi ul Awwal. If the moon is spotted, all other Muslim nations of Africa are also expected to begin the observance of Rabi ul Awwal.

Attempts to sight the crescent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, neighbouring United Arab Emirates and other parts of the Middle East is currently underway. The Hilal sighting teams have also been tasked in Iran, Afghanistan and other parts of western Asia to look for the crescent. If the moon is seen, then the month of Rabi ul Awwal will begin and Eid-e-Milad in the region would be celebrated from the evening of November 8 to the sunset of November 9. Stay tuned here for the fastest updates.

Riyadh, October 28: Rabi ul Awwal, which is the third month of Islamic calendar, is considered auspicious by Muslims adhering to various school of thoughts. In this month, in 571 AD, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born in the holy city of Makkah. The date of his birth is 12th Rabi ul Awwal, and is celebrated as Eid-e-Milad, also known as Eid Milad-un-Nabi and Mawlid, in several Islamic nations. The date of Eid-e-Milad observance this year as per the English calender would be determined by sighting of the moon. Stay tuned here for the live news updates on the crescent sighting in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and other nations of the Middle East.

If the crescent is sighted today, then the month of Rabi ul Awwal will begin in all parts of the Gulf. Eid-e-Milad would be then be observed in most parts of the world's western hemisphere between November 8-9. If the moon remains unseen, Rabi-ul-Awwal will begin from tomorrow evening (post sunset) and Mawlid would then be celebrated on November 9-10 in the Middle East and other parts of the West. Eid-e-Milad in India: Clashes Erupt Between Two Religious Groups During Procession in Kanpur, Over 6 People Injured.

Notably, no attempt to sight the Rabi ul Awwal crescent would be made today in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of the Indian subcontinent. The lunar calendar in the region is a day behind the western hemisphere, and the 29th day of the incumbent Islamic month - Safar - will fall tomorrow.

Attempts to sight the crescent in the Indian subcontinent region will be made tomorrow. If the moon is seen, then Rabi ul Awwal will begin from the evening of Tuesday and Eid-e-Milad will be celebrated from the evening of November 9 to the sunset of November 10. If the crescent remains unseen, then the South Asian region will observe Mawlid on November 10-11.

On the occasion of Eid-e-Milad, a holiday is observed in some of the Islamic nations, particularly those which house a significant number of Sufi Muslims. On this day, a procession is carried out in Muslim-dominated localities, along with congregations being held to commemorate the teachings and principles of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).