Rabat - Next Friday, July 17 will be Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in several Arab countries, according to astronomical calculations.
Rabat – Next Friday, July 17 will be Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in several Arab countries, according to astronomical calculations.
In most Arab countries, however, the sighting of the crescent moon is unlikely to take place on July 16, meaning that the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will be on Saturday, July 18th.
According to Ibrahim Jarwan, Researcher in Astronomy, Meteorology and General Supervisor of the Sharjah Planetarium, Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall on Friday, July 17 based on the astronomical calculations. According to the same source, the crescent of the month of ‘shawwal’ will be seen on July 16, 5.24pm local time in the UAE.
In Egypt, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr is expected to be on 17 July according to the National Research Institute Astronomy and Geophysics.
In Kuwait, the moon is forecast to line up with the sun at 04.24 a.m. Thursday, July 16, after completing its monthly circle around the Earth.
In Oman, the moon sighting on the 29th of Ramadan (July 16) would be difficult but not impossible. “The moon sighting monitoring team will look for the moon on the 29th of Ramadan (July 16) despite the difficulty in seeing it,” said an official from the Omani Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs.
According to the HM Nautical Almanac Office, it is unlikely that any naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon will take place on Thursday July 16in Rabat, but a sighting should be possible with the naked eye on Friday July 17.