The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia issued a directive on Tuesday requesting that all Muslims in the Kingdom observe Eidul Fitr by sighting the crescent moon on April 20, 2023.
“The Supreme Court called on anybody sights the crescent moon by naked eyes or with binoculars to report to the nearest court and file their testimony,” the Saudi News Agency stated.
The story said, “The Supreme Court expressed hope that people who are capable of witnessing the crescent moon will join committees constituted for that purpose in different places and participate in such initiatives that benefit Muslims.”
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates issued a similar request to sight the moon on Tuesday.
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), “the moon-sighting committee has asked all Muslims in the UAE to sight the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Thursday evening, 29th Ramadan, 1444 H, which corresponds to 20th April, 2023.”
According to WAM, a committee in the United Arab Emirates has asked that witnesses who see the crescent moon call +97126921166 and be led to the closest court where they can give a testimony.
Nevertheless, scientists in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates predicted that Eid al-Fitr could begin on Saturday since the Shawwal moon is anticipated to be visible to the naked eye on Friday evening rather than Thursday, as originally stated by Al Arabiya English.
According to the article, the moon will technically appear in the sky on Thursday evening, but it will be impossible to see without special equipment because it will not be illuminated by the sun’s rays.
The holy month of Ramadan, which began on March 23, comes to a conclusion with Eid al-Fitr.
According to a previous declaration made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, employees in the private and non-profit sectors of the Kingdom will enjoy a four-day paid holiday beginning at the conclusion of work on Thursday.
The Eid al-Fitr holiday for federal and private sector workers in the UAE will begin on April 20. Depending on whether Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 days, the holiday has been extended till Shawwal 3, which falls on April 23 or April 24.
In 2023, Eid al-Fitr will take place. Updates on Moon Sightings: The month of Ramadan is nearing to expire, and Eid ul-Fitr is just around the horizon. As a result, courts in the gulf states of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine have issued statements regarding the moon’s appearance. They have encouraged the public to notify the local courts if anyone sees the crescent, new moon of the month of Shawwal.
Many countries and regions observe Eid-ul-Fitr on different days, and the holiday is observed in a variety of ways. Find out when Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed in nations like India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and more.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2023: Moon sighting dates, times in Kerala and Kashmir
Muslims all across the world are getting set to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, a key holiday in the Islamic faith, as Ramadan draws to a close.
The occasion celebrates the conclusion of Ramadan, a month when Muslims fast and think about their spiritual lives. Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous festival that people of all ages and backgrounds celebrate with enthusiasm and dedication. Usually begins after the new moon on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
The moon’s visibility in different parts of the world may affect the exact day of Eid ul-Fitr. This holiday is a time for joy, mercy, and renewing one’s commitment to helping others and bolstering one’s faith. Depending on when the crescent moon is spotted, Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramzan’s fasting month, will fall on either Friday or Saturday.
It’s an opportunity to reflect on the teachings of Islam and how they might help us live more fulfilling lives. It also serves as a reminder of the need of harmony, affection, and empathy in our lives.
The exact day of Eid-ul-Fitr in Kerala and Kashmir may differ from year to year depending on local customs and the exact time of the new moon sighting.
Due to the local moon sighting committee’s commitment to the traditional Islamic calendar and its practise of waiting for the actual sighting of the moon, Eid-ul-Fitr is marked in Kerala one day earlier than the rest of India.
Only in Kerala does the date of Eid-ul-Fitr depend on the moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.
Based on the committee’s recommendation, the state government has declared Eid-ul-Fitr a holiday. The celebration will be held in Kerala on April 21 this year, according to the official website.
The grand mufti of the state of Kashmir has the ability to declare the commencement of Eid-ul-Fitr based on the appearance of the new moon. During the celebrations, people in the area visit mosques to worship and catch up with friends and family. The moon’s position and the current weather can both affect when a moonrise or moonset occurs.
Before the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims around the world observe the last few nights of Ramadan as “Laylatul Qadr,” a night of power and tremendous spiritual value. The celebration of Eid ul-Fitr will be observed in Kashmir on April 22, according to the official website.
Saudi Muslims told to sight Eid Al Fitr 2023 Moon
If the Moon is spotted on Thursday, then Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, April 21
According to a tweet from UAEBARQ, the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has ordered all Muslims to sight the crescent of the Shawwal month on Thursday, the 29th of Ramadan, 1444 AH.
Eid Al Fitr will be observed on Friday, April 21, if the Moon is seen on Thursday. For Eid Al Fitr, which takes place from April 20 to April 23, Saudi Arabia has already announced a four-day holiday.
In addition to Saudi Arabia, the UAE Moon sighting committee has urged all Muslims to look up at night to mark the start of Eid Al Fitr 2023.
For both private and public sector employees, the UAE has formally proclaimed a four-day holiday in honour of Eid Al Fitr, which will take place from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23.
The International Astronomical Centre predicted on Sunday that the date of Eid Al Fitr could be Saturday, April 22, based on moon sightings.
On Thursday, April 20, 2023 AD, the Islamic nations will examine the crescent of the month of Shawwal (Eid al Fitr 1444 AH). The International Astronomical Center said on Twitter that no one in the Arab and Islamic countries could see the crescent with the naked eye on Thursday.
Most of the Arab and Islamic world, with the exception of parts of West Africa beginning in Libya, will not be able to see the crescent on Thursday, even with a telescope. This is because seeing the crescent requires an accurate telescope, a professional observer, and exceptional weather conditions.