RIYADH – The Supreme Judiciary Council of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will also meet today (Saturday) to witness the Shawwal (Eid al Fitr2017) crescent.
The moon sighting committee will convene at the building of Supreme Court, after Namaz e Maghrib.
Supreme Court of KSA has asked locals to contact local authorities if they get any pieces of evidence regarding Crescent watching.
Muslims in the Middle East, Europe, and the US will be anxiously waiting for the announcement of Eid Al Fitr as the majority in Western countries follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Hijri calendar.
On the other hand, a moon sighting committee under the Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi will convene after Maghreb prayer on Saturday, 29th of Ramadan at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.
However, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), according to astronomical calculation, has already announced that Eid will be celebrated on June 25, 2017.
In either case, it is most probable the Eid 2017 would fall on June 25, 2017, in the United States.
Eid Al Fitr is not declared a holiday in the USA, the businesses and organizations owned my Muslims will revise their timings according to activities of the festival. While the New York’s schools will have a public holiday on Eid.
According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.