Saudi scholar says Eid Al Fitr will start Thursday

Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Al Manea, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars and an advisor to the royal court, says Ramadan will last 30 days, until Wednesday, May 12, local media reported.

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“Ramadan 1442 H has started on Tuesday, April 13, and it will last 30 days (until Wednesday, May 12), because the birth of [the moon of] Shawwal is on Tuesday at 9.59pm, and the sun on Tuesday sets at 6.51pm, while the moon sets, 13 minutes earlier, at 6.38pm,” Al Manea said.

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This makes sighting the moon on Tuesday unlikely.

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“So Wednesday completes Ramadan 30 days, and Thursday, May 13, will be the first day of Shawwal, which is Eid Al Fitr,” Al Manea said.

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However, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Tuesday evening, Ramadan 29, 1442 H, which corresponds to May 11.

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If the moon is seen, the committee will announce the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid Al Fitr.

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Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadans.

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It is marked by Zakat Al Fitr, which every adult Muslim who possesses food in excess of their needs must pay to the poor, before a special prayer is offered on the morning of the first of Shawwal.

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