Durban/Mogadishu/Nairobi, June 14: Muslims, who form the second-largest religious bloc in central and southern Africa, will attempt the sighting of moon this evening. An official announcement on Eid moon sighting will be made by the designated religious authorities and top imams in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, Djibouti, Uganda, Niger, South Sudan and other African nations after Maghrib prayers. Stay tuned here for the live news and updates on Eid moon sighting from Africa.
If the Hilal crescent is spotted today, Eid will be celebrated in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa and other African nations tomorrow. However, regional and sect-wise disparities could not be ruled out as moon sighted in any of the above nations does not imply that the entire region will celebrate the festival tomorrow. At places where there will be no testament of eyewitnesses spotting the crescent, Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday
The central, southern and Maghreb (North) African region will also await the announcement to be made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For live updates on Eid moon sighting announcement by the Saudi Grand Mosque, read here. As seen on most occasions over the past decades, the sighting of crescent in KSA and Middle East region leads to the spotting of Hilal moon in other parts of Africa as well. However, the Imam council in all these nations decide independently on the matter, irrespective of whichever date the KSA chooses to celebrate the festival. Stay tuned for the updates. LatestLY wishes all our African readers 'Eid Mubarak'.