Shawwal moon likely to be sighted on Tuesday: Met Office

Shawwal moon likely to be sighted on Tuesday: Met Office

Muslims in Mali on Monday celebrated the post Ramadan fete of Eid-ul-Fitr, becoming the first in Africa to end the fasting. The moon will be 28 hours and 16 minutes old at sunset in Karachi on Tuesday.

"The moon can now be sighted from within the comfort of our houses".

Egypt has assigned 10 moon sighting committees to observe Shawwal crescent on Monday from different parts across the country including Cairo, Helwan, 6 of October city, Fayoum, Sohag, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Matrouh, Hurghada, Ismailia and Tor.

The Grand Mufti of Australia called on the community to "display the true and peaceful image of Islam and the true spirit of being an Australian Muslim", during Eid.

Some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves before marking Eid al-Fitr, while others use the calculated time of the new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

The phrase is exchanged by Muslims throughout Eid to wish one another a happy holiday.

The committee is holding a meeting after Maghrib prayer today.

Pakistan's Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had said that Eid Al Fitr would be on Wednesday, according to the lunar calendar prepared by his ministry, Khaleej Times reported.

The month of Ramadan will conclude after sighting of the crescent moon. In most Muslim countries, the three days of Eid are observed as public and school holidays.

At the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr which literally means "festival of breaking the fast" in Arabic.

The traditional Eid greeting is to say "Eid Mubarak".

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