ABU DHABI – The Shawwal Moon sighting committee under the Minister of Justice, Sultan Al Badi will meet today (Saturday) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to observe the Eid Al Fitr 2017 moon.
The moon sighting committee will convene after Maghrib prayers today at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
The committee will confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid Al Fitr.
Mr Al Badi called on all Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
Dr Ibrahim Al Jarwan, assistant director of Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, had earlier predicted June 24 as the final day of Ramadan, which would make Sunday, June 25, the first day of Eid Al Fitr, reported The National.
The decision called on all Shariah courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
Earlier this week it was announced that public-sector workers will be given a seven-day holiday, starting Saturday.