Rabat - The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) announced that the Muslim holiday of Eid El Fitr marking the end of Ramadan 2016 will be observed in the United States on Wednesday July 6.
Rabat – The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) announced that the Muslim holiday of Eid El Fitr marking the end of Ramadan 2016 will be observed in the United States on Wednesday July 6.
Unlike many Muslim countries, which follow the tradition of moon sighting with naked eyes, the Fiqh Council of North America determines the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and the day of Eid EL Fitr based on astronomical calculations.
According to its official website, the FCNA “recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.”
The FCNA “uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.”
The charity groups Islamic Relief Canada and Islamic Relief UK have also announced that Eid Al-Fitr in the United Kingdom and Canada will take place on Wednesday July 6.
According to the International Astronomical Center, Eid El Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6 in most Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Morocco.
Meaning literally breaking the fast, Eid Al-Fitr is one of the most significant celebrations for Muslims. It marks the end of Ramadan, a month when Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse during daylight.