Eid moon not sighted in India, Bangladesh

India and Bangladesh announce to celebrate Eid ul Fitr on April 11 as Shawwal crescent not sighted

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Representational image. — AFP/File
Representational image. — AFP/File

India and Bangladesh — the neighbouring countries in South Asia region — announced to celebrate Eid ul Fitr on April 11 (Thursday) as Shawwal crescent was not sighted there.

Shawwal moon marks the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims observe fasts from sunrise to sunset, and the commencement of Shawwal in which first three days are celebrated as Eid ul Fitr as per Islamic lunar calendar.

Meanwhile in Pakistan, the central moon sighting body, Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, announced Shawwal moon sighting, meaning the first day of Eid ul Fitr will fall tomorrow (Wednesday), after collecting testimonies from different parts of the country.

In the Indian capital New Delhi, imams of the renowned mosque including Jama Masjid Delhi and Fatehpuri announced that the crescent was not sighted today, therefore, Eid would be celebrated on Thursday (April 11), according to Hindustan Times.

The same outcomes were announced by the central moon sighting committee of India’s Karnataka state which sat in the capital city of Bangalore today, and Markazi Chand Committee Eidgah, Lucknow — the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

Moreover, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Sadar Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Deccan, also known as the Moon sighting committee in Indian Hyderabad announced to observe one more fast of the Ramadan and celebrate Eid on Thursday.

However, crescent was sighted in India’s Ladakh, as per the official statement of the Jammiat-ul-Ulama Isna Ashria Kargil, Ladakh.

Moreover, Bangladesh’s National Moon Sighting Committee which met at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque today also announced to celebrate Eid festival on Thursday, Dhaka Tribune reported.

KSA, UAE to celebrate Eid tomorrow

It is pertinent to mention here that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday, as the Shawwal moon was not sighted in those countries.

Hence, the holy month will last there for a full 30 days, with Tuesday being the last day of Ramadan — the holiest month in the Muslim calendar.