June 24, 2017 By: Samaa-RIYADH: Sunday is the first day of Eid ul Fitr as the crescent of Shawwal has been sighted in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
The Saudi Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the kingdom to sight the moon of Shawwal on Saturday evening (29 Ramazan), 1438 H (June 24).
In an announcement, the Saudi Supreme Court said that whoever sees the Shawwal crescent moon by the naked eye or binoculars should report to the nearest court and register his testimony.
According to astronomical projections, there is a chance of seeing the moon on the 29 of Ramazan on Saturday.
In Pakistan, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (CRHC) will meet in Peshawar on June 25 in connection with Shawwal moon sighting.
The meeting would be held on June 25 at Aiwan-e-Auqaf – Eidgah, Charsadda Road in Peshawar with Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman in chair.
Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman has asked the people from across the country to approach the committee members via phone numbers 03002043428, 0919626663 and 03356329700 for providing evidence/information about moon sighting.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has already predicted that Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to fall on June 26.
The Muslim calendar is determined by Moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days. Islamic years span on average between 354 and 355 days