Abu Dhabi, June 14: Muslims across the Islamic belt of Middle East await the sighting of crescent moon which will signal the end of Ramadan and celebration of Eid-al-Fitr tomorrow. Designated religious authorities have been charged in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai - along with Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East. The Shariah Councils have asked the local populace to submit their testaments at the earliest if the spot the Hilal crescent. An official announcement on whether the moon has been sighted or not will be made by the authorities post Maghrib prayers. Stay tuned here for the live news and updates on Eid moon sighting in the Gulf nations.
The UAE government on Tuesday authorised Minister of Justice, Sultan Al Badi, to form a committee which will take the official call on celebrating Eid-al-Fitr on Friday. The committee will meet after Maghrib namaz at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department and take into account all the testaments which will be made. If the crescent gets sighted in the UAE, it is most likely to signal the celebration of Eid in most of the Middle East.
According to the International Astronomical Centre, the Eid moon is likely to be spotted in Doha, Manama and Abu Dhabi at 41 minutes after sunset. Whereas, in Kuwait and Muscat, it is predicted to be sighted at 40 minutes after sunset. In Sanaa, it is likely to be spotted at 44 minutes post the setting of the sun. If the moon is not sighted, Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday. All eyes are also set on the announcement on Eid moon sighting to be made by the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia. Read here for the live updates from KSA.