ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) moon-sighting committee has announced that the Shawwal moon has been sighted, the first day of Eid 2017 will be on Sunday, June 25.
The committee met today after Maghrib prayer under Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi.
The moon-sighting committee for the Holy Month of Ramadan to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan and start of Eid Al Fitr.
The committee convened to sight the crescent moon at the Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Apple launches its first-ever Eid campaign on ‘Shot on iPhone’
Sighting the moon has been a long-standing tradition in the Arab world – none more important than the role it plays during the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which signals the beginning of Eid Al Fitr, celebrated around the world not just by Muslims, but by everyone who respects its significance.
Five amateur photographers from the region spoke to Khaleej Times regarding their experience taking snaps of Earth’s satellite, using only two pieces of equipment – not exactly what you’d expect for such an undertaking, but the results were great, nonetheless.
To boost the campaign, Canadian astrophotographer Andrew Symes guided the five of them throughout their journey, sharing his expertise.
“This campaign goes to show that today, everyone can be an astrophotographer. You don’t have to be a professional to be able to capture the wonders of space – you just need a few tips and a bit of practice.”
The moon shots from the five photographers will be front and centre on Apple’s billboards that will be put up across Abu Dhabi and Dubai starting today.
They are one in saying that going back to basics doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make a powerful statement.
Moreover, seek to get help whenever you can; learning new things every day isn’t as difficult as shooting the moon.