The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to mark Eid ul Fitr 2023 to begin on Friday 21 April Moon Sighted on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Uae and Other Countries
According to the sighting committee in the Tumair observatory, the Shawwal crescent moon has sighted, meaning This Year Ramadan will only last for 29 days.
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Moon sighting refers to the traditional muslim practice of observing the crescent or new moon to determine the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, that indicates the end of a month-long fasting of Ramadan or Ramazan and the beginning of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival where the sighting of the new moon is traditionally done with the naked eye or using telescopes and once the sighting is confirmed, the news is usually broadcasted via media outlets, mosques and community organizations but it’s important to note that the exact method of determining the start of the month of Shawwal may vary between different Muslim communities and countries. The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and tenth is Shawwal whose first day is as the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr across the world and Muslims across the globe are gearing up to sight the crescent moon tonight, to welcome the month of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr celebrations as Shawwal translates to, ‘festival of breaking of the fasts.’
Ramadan takes place for 720 hours i.e. four weeks and two days during which the followers of Islam or Muslims fast between dawn and sunset, pray for peace and guidance, give back to the community in the form of charity or zakaat or engaging in humanitarian activities such as feeding the underprivileged and introspect to enlighten their souls. During the end of Ramadan, intense prayers take place during the Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power, which is believed to be the holiest night of the year. It generally falls on the 27th day of Ramadan and is a commemoration of the night when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.