NEW DELHI: Barring Kerala and few other cities in South, Indian Muslims across the country will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday. The decision was taken by various Moon sighting committees after they failed to receive any confirmed report of Moon sighting on Saturday.
"We will be fasting on Sunday and it will be the last day of Ramadan - the holy month of fasting. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday", Ahmed Bukhari, Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, announced late in the evening on Saturday.
Mufti Mukarram, Imam of the Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi also announced that since moon was not sighted on Saturday, they would be fasting on Sunday and the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr would be on Monday.
In Patna and Kolkata, the cities in India where sun-set time is earlier than other parts of the country, new moon could not be seen on Saturday.
"We have not received any confirmed report of moon sighting from any place till now", Imtiyaz Rehmani of Khanqah-e-Rehmania told ummid.comon phone at around 07:50 pm.
Speaking to ummid.com on phone from Bangalore, Dr Hamiduddin said, "The city had a rain this evening and the sky is currently completely cloudy. Hence there is no question of sighting of the new moon."
Reports from Hyderabad also said that there was no report of moon sighting from any part of the city and neighboring areas.
"The Hilal Committees of Hyderabad announced on Saturday that Sunday would be 30th Ramadan and Eid would be celebrated on Monday", K Mulla, a journalist informed ummid.com on phone.
Reports from Kashmir also said that the state would be celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.
Kerala, and Mangalore, Bhatkal and some of the neighbouring areas however are celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday.
Mumbai and part of Maharashtra, and also Gujarat and Rajasthan that began the holy month of Ramadan a day later on July 22 are a day behind than other parts of the country. While other states completed 29 days of Ramadan on Saturday, these areas could fast on just 28 days till Saturday.
In other parts of the world, China celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday whereas Saudi Aarabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and the United Arab Emirates announced on Friday that the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations would be marked in the Arab states on Sunday. The decision was taken after the new moon could not be seen on Friday.
Ramadan fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside the belief in the Oneness of God, the finality of the prophethood of Mohammed, establishment of the daily prayers, concern for and almsgiving to the needy, and the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the two biggest Muslim holidays of the year, often compared to Christmas in its significance and revelry. The other major holiday is the sacrificial feast of Eid al-Adha, at the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah.
In predominantly Muslim countries, the celebration can last for three days. Muslims fill the mosques early in the morning to attend the congregational Eid prayers.