Colombo/Male, June 14: Muslims in the South Asian nations of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brunei and Fiji await the sighting of Eid moon today. If the Hilal crescent will be sighted today, Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow. If the moon remains unsighted, the festival will be celebrated on Saturday. Stay tuned here for the live news updates of Eid moon sighting from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brunei and Fiji. For live updates on Eid moon sighting in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, read here.
Meanwhile, attempts are also underway to sight the crescent moon in the neighbouring Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. According to the fatwa issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Eid will be celebrated in Australia on Saturday. However, other Muftis may differ.
According to the International Astronomical Centre, the sighting of moon is difficult today in this part of the world. In South and Southeast Asia, the crescent might be spotted using telescopic ad optical aid, the IAC had said, further adding that the possibility remains unlikely.
On the other hand, the moon is likely to be sighted in Saudi Arabia and most of the Middle East today post namaz-e-maghrib. According to IAC, the crescent in Riyadh will be visible for a shirt duration in Riyadh 42 minutes after sunset.
Eid-al-Fitr is one of the two major festivals in the Islamic world, the other being Eid-al-Adha. This Eid also marks the end of Ramadan - the month in which Muslims are duty-bound to fast from dawn to dusk.