Eid moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH:The moon for the month of Shawwal has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia, Arab media reported.

According to officials, Shawwal crescent was not sighted anywhere in the Kingdom and therefore Eid will fall on Wednesday, the 6th of July.

Saudi authorities convened a meeting today (Monday) to sight the crescent for the month of Shawwal, which would mark the start of Eid ul Fitr and end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Saudi Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom to look for the crescent of the Islamic month of Shawwal on Monday evening to determine the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

In an announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency the Supreme Court called on “whoever sights the crescent to report to the nearest court and register his testimony or report to the authority of the region’s center in his area.”

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world.

The celebrations begin when the fasting month of Ramadan ends and the following month of Shawwal begins.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.

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