How do moon sightings determine Eid in Bangladesh?

18 June, 2018, 11:10 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Hundreds of people offered prayers at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday to mark the end of the holy month

However, Shawal moon was not sighted in India, so Indian Muslims will be celebrating Eidul Fitr with Pakistan on Saturday. Official decision by Central Moon Sighting Committee Pakistan and Central Moon Sighting Committee New Delhi is expected soon after Salate Maghrib Thursday evening.

The decision was announced at a press conference after a meeting of the committee held in Karachi under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.

Ramadan began in Morocco on Thursday, May 17, marking a unified first fasting day throughout all Muslim countries, including North Africa and Saudi Arabia.

There are sub-committees in every district of Bangladesh; if the moon is sighted anywhere in any district, the sub-committee reports back to the central committee, and the foundation makes the declaration that initiates nationwide jubilation.

Celebrations will start with Eid prayers in the very early morning, when Muslims around the world head to the mosques to perform the morning prayers. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was written during this month.

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The crescent of the Shawwal moon has been sighted and Friday is public Eid holiday in Malawi.

Accordingyly, moon sighting committees are formed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and other Arab states.

Eid-el-Fitr is usually commemorated to mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

He said: "In accordance with Islamic law, we have the honour and pleasure to announce that today, Thursday, the 29th day of Ramadan, 1439 AH, which is equivalent to June 14, 2018 has marked the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the new month of Shawwal".

After the sunset prayer, Muslims gather in their homes or mosques to break their fast with a meal called iftar that is often shared with friends and extended family.

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