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Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 Moon Sighting: Here’s when the moon is likely to be seen in the country check here


Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 Moon Sighting: Here’s when the moon is likely to be seen in the country check here

Every Ramzan is a nail-biting finish for fasting Muslims. As the month draws to a close, the exact date for Eid-ul-Fitr, which ends Ramzan, depends on the sighting of the new moon.

For theological matters, Islam follows a lunar calendar. The lunar year, however, adds up to about 354 days. Thus Islamic months are out of step with the solar year and the date of Eid falls back by about 11 days every solar or Gregorian year.

The month of Ramadan Or Ramzan is currently going on which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims worldwide gear up to welcome Eid ul Fitr, a joyous and triumphant day where the faithful individuals claim the ultimate prize; their return to a state of purity.

According to the Islamic calendar, fasting is observed in the ninth month of the year and Eid is celebrated on the first date of 10th Shawwal. On this day the fasts of all the fasting people are completed. However, the date of celebrating Eid is finalized according to the sighting of the moon. The day when the moon is visible, that day is called Chand Mubarak. The date of Eid is first announced in Saudi Arabia

The precise date of this festival is decided by the sighting of the crescent moon. The International Astronomy Center has announced that Islamic countries are expected to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday, April 20, which will likely be the end of Ramadan, Gulf News reported.

“However, it may not be possible to spot the crescent with the naked eye or a telescope from all parts of Asia and Australia, although it is possible that some Islamic countries may be able to sight it,” the report stated further. If the moon is sighted on Friday, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on April 22, Saturday.

According to The Saudi Astronomical Society that astronomical calculations indicate that Friday will be the first day of the month of Shawwal and Eid Al-Fitr.

Based on the society’s astronomical calculations, Thursday (April 20) will be the last day of Ramadan, which is also the day all Islamic countries will investigate the new moon of Shawwal and Eid al-Fitr.

The head of the society Majid Abu Zahra said: “The sun will set from the horizon of Makkah Al-Mukarramah on the day of the investigation at 6:42 in the evening.

At that time, the moon will be above the horizon at a height of 04 degrees and its angular separation from the Sun ‘elongation’ will be 05 degrees, and its illumination is 0.2 percent. It will set at 7:06 in the evening 24 minutes after sunset, and thus the conditions for entering the month of Shawwal will be astronomically fulfilled.”

He noted that seeing the moon with the naked eye or telescope will not be possible, but could be seen with a CCD camera.

Eid al-Fitr is often called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” The practice of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan (“Sawm”) is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with prayers called “Salat Al Eid” in Arabic. There is no audible call to prayer for the Eid prayers. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakat”. The prayers are followed by a sermon, in which the imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.

It’s a tradition to wear new clothes and on the way to the mosque, eat something sweet such as a date, and recite a small prayer called a takbeer.

Other key elements of the Eid celebrations are giving money to the poor (known as ‘Zakat al-Fitr’, the amount to be given depends on the possessions someone has), sending Eid greetings and feasting with families.

For many Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is a festival to show gratitude to Allah for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice self-control.

The phrase commonly used by Muslims as a greeting on this day is “Eid Mubarak”, which is Arabic for ‘blessed festival’. The proper response to Eid Mubarak is “Khair Mubarak”, which wishes goodness on the person who has greeted you.

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