Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur/Sydney, June 14: Attempt to sight the Hilal crescent of Eid al-Fitr is currently underway in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, the designated religious authorities are expected to make an announcement post namaz-e-maghrib, which is held after sunset. Stay tuned here for the live updates of Eid Moon sighting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.
The four nations began Ramadan on May 17, with today marking the completion of 29 fasts or rozas. If the moon will be sighted, it would mark the end of the month of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal. If the moon remains unsighted, another fast will be kept tomorrow and Eid will be celebrated on Saturday.
Malaysia and Indonesia, which are predominantly Muslim nations, have declared an official holiday beginning from today. All institutes and workplaces will resume from Tuesday.
According to experts, the crescent is likely to be spotted shortly before the sunset. The official announcement would be made by the Hilal committees in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta only after receiving the testament from eyewitnesses. The sunset timing in Indonesia is 5:46 pm and in Australia it is 4:53 pm. In Malaysia and Singapore, the sunset is at 7:14 pm and 7:11 pm respectively.
According to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC), the Eid moon is likely to be sighted in most parts of the world today, barring the South Asian subcontinent region.