Today is the 29th of Ramadan in Morocco. The country’s Islamic Council will announce whether the Shawwal crescent has been sighted or not following the Maghrib prayers, scheduled shortly from now. Stay tuned here for the updates.
While the decision from Morocco is awaited, some Muslim groups in the United Kingdom (UK) have announced Eid ul Fitr for tomorrow, Sunday. The Muslim groups that would be observing Eid tomorrow include Jamiyat, Suffa tul Islam, & Jamat Ahle Sunnah spread in Bradford and Birmingham.
We still await reports from Morocco, where the sunsets in two hours from now.— Essential Islam (@essentialislam) May 23, 2020
Morocco is unlikely to sight the Shawwal crescent after negative confirmation from South Africa. The two nations, along with UK, are considered to fall in the same linear zone and a negative sighting in any one of them mostly leads to the crescent not being seen in all the three nations. However, the Islamic Council of Morocco will decide shortly. Stay tuned.
The first step is local sighting in the UK, then if unsuccessful then Morocco and South Africa. They are in similar time zone and following the same principles on sighting of the moon.— Mohammed Shafiq (@mshafiquk) May 23, 2020
The decision to be taken by Rabat, where the moon sighting committee of Morocco will convene, is awaited. Oman has confirmed the sighting of crescent. South Africa announced that the moon was not sighted and will observe Eid al-Fitr on Monday, May 25.
#BREAKING The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA) has confirmed that the moon for Shawwal has NOT been sighted. Therefore, the 1st of Shawwal 1441 will correspond to Monday the 25th of May 2020. Eid will be on Monday #Ramadan #EidUlFitr #EidMubarak @FaizelPatel143 pic.twitter.com/QVCh7XuSaF— Radio Islam (@radioislam) May 23, 2020
The lookout for Shawwal crescent is underway in Morocco, the nation located on the furthest end of Northwestern Africa. The decision to be taken by Rabat will also influence the dates observed by Muslims in UK and France. Stay tuned here for the updates.
The Islamic Council of Morocco will announce whether the moon has been sighted or not. In neighbouring countries of Maghreb – Algeria, Tunisia and Libya – Eid would be observed tomorrow, May 24. Stay tuned here for the decision to be taken by Morocco.
Morocco is expected to announce shortly on the sighting of Shawwal crescent marking the end of Ramadan. The decision would likely be confirmed after the Maghrib prayers. Stay tuned here for the latest updates.
The decision to be taken by Morocco Islamic Council based in Rabat is awaited. The Muslims of United Kingdom align their Islamic dates in accordance to the calendar maintained by Morocco – the nearest Muslim-majority nation. Stay tuned here for the updates.
Yemen will observe Eid ul Fitr tomorrow, along with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Announcement from the Islamic Council of Morocco is expected shortly.
Rabat/Muscat, May 23: The announcement on Shawwal moon sighting is expected after Maghrib prayers in Oman, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Morocco. The five nations – spread across Arabian peninsula to North Africa – were among the handful of countries whose lunar cycle is a day behind Saudi Arabia, UAE and rest of the Middle East. The 29th fast of Ramadan was observed today in these countries and only if the Shawwal crescent is sighted, they will observe Eid ul Fitr tomorrow. Stay tuned here for the live news updates on Eid moon sighting in Morocco, Oman, Yemen, Iraq and Iran. Catch Live Updates of Moon Sighting Updates From Other Parts of the World.
If the moon remains unseen, then the month of Ramadan would complete its entire cycle of 30 days and Eid al-Fitr in the above-mentioned countries would be celebrated on Monday, May 25. The decision to be taken by the Morocco Islamic Council is also keenly awaited by the Muslims of UK, France of Spain.
In the United Kingdom, the sighting of new moon remains difficult. Most Muslims in the region either rely on the dates announced by Saudi Arabia, the epicentre of Islam, or Morocco which is the nearest Islamic nation.
In war-torn Yemen, the decision to be taken by neighbouring Oman is expected to influence if the moon is not directly sighted. Inputs would also be taken from Iran as the Shia-Houthi militia – which is ruling vast swathes of the nation – has ideological links with Tehran.
Unlike the Eid in previous years, the celebrations have been dampened as mosques in most countries are either order to remain closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, or directed to put a curb on the number of devotees. The Eid al-Fitr prayers in several nations, including Saudi Arabia, are to be prayed from homes to prevent mass congregations.