Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia, India to mark Eid together if Shawwal crescent sighted tomorrow

Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 moon sighting highlights: There is a wafer-thin chance that Muslims in India and other South Asian countries may celebrate this year's Eid-al-Fitr with their Muslim brethren in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, UK, USA and others, if Shawwal crescent moon is sighted tomorrow.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 moon sighting LIVE: Australia and Singapore declare Eid, Shawwal crescent moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia and UAE 
Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 moon sighting LIVE: Australia and Singapore declare Eid, Shawwal crescent moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia and UAE (Twitter/JoAbdulRahman)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 11:12 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and the tenth is Shawwal whose first day is marked as the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr across the world and Muslims across the world are gearing up to sight the crescent moon tonight, to welcome the month of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr celebrations. Shawwal translation means, ‘festival of breaking of the fast.’

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. 

While the West culturally follows the Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar is lunar which means it is based on the sighting of the crescent moon and every year, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr occur approximately 10-11 days earlier depending on when the crescent moon is sighted. This is because the lunar months are shorter than solar months and so it varies from country to country by about a day.

 

Follow all the updates here:

  • Apr 30, 2022 11:02 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia and India may mark Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 on the same day

    Saudi Arabia Supreme Court and the moon sighting committees in the UAE, Qatar and other Arab states have already announced that Muslims in these countries will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday May 2, 2022 and since the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and European countries rely on moon announcement by Saudi Arabia Royal Court, Muslims there will also mark Eid celebrations with the Gulf states.

    Given that Muslims across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries are gearing up to look for the Shawwal crescent - the new moon to mark the end of Ramadan, tomorrow i.e. May 1, there might be a rarest of rare case that the followers of Islam may get a chance to celebrate this year's Eid-ul Fitr with their Muslim brethren in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, UK, USA and other Gulf and western countries, if moon is sighted tomorrow in South Asian countries.

  • Apr 30, 2022 10:02 PM IST

    Here's when Shawwal crescent can be sighted in London, Morocco, South Africa and Spain

    Under perfect weather conditions, the Shawwal crescent is expected to be visible in London, Morocco, South Africa, Spain and other countries on May 1, 2022. If authentic moon sighting reports are received, Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 will be celebrated on Monday 2, 2022 in these countries. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:51 PM IST

    Here's when Egypt, Turkey and Iraq will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2022

    As per the latest announcements in Turkey, Egypt and Iraq, Sunday will be the last day of Ramadan 2022 and Monday May 2 will be the first day of Shawwal and Eid Al Fitr 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:46 PM IST

    Kuwait to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 on this date

    Monday May 2, 2022 will be the first day of Shawwal and Eid Al Fitr in Kuwait.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:45 PM IST

    When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in Qatar?

    Qatar will mark the first day of Shawwal and Eid Al Fitr on May 2, 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:44 PM IST

    When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in France?

    As per latest announcements, the first day of Shawwal and Eid Al Fitr in France will be on Monday May 2, 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:30 PM IST

    Pakistan announces Eid-ul-Fitr holidays from May 2 to May 5, 2022

    On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Pakistan announces public holidays at national and regional levels from Monday May 2 to Thursday May 5, 2022. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 09:22 PM IST

    UAE Moon Sighting Committee declares Shawwal crescent not sighted

    According to the UAE Moon Sighting Committee, the crescent moon of Shawwal was not sighted in the UAE on Saturday hence, Sunday, May 1, will be the last day of Ramadan 2022 and Monday May 2 will be celebrated as the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:59 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia declares crescent moon for Shawwal not sighted

    The crescent has NOT been sighted in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday May 2nd, 2022. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:50 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia begins preparations to sight the Shawwal crescent

    The crescent moon sighting observations made from Sudair and Tumair observatories will be part of the official decision. As of now, the investigation to search for the Shawwal 1443 Crescent has begun in Sudair, Tumair and other observatories with presence of a delegation from southern Russia, North Caucasus and the Ingush Republic at Crescent Observatory in Tumair. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:35 PM IST

    When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in New Zealand?

    Muslims in New Zealand started fasting for the month of Ramadan from April 04, 2022 hence, the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand will gear up to sight the Shawwal crescent or moon for Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday May 02, 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:24 PM IST

    When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in US?

    The Fiqh Council of North America said, “The Astronomical New Moon is on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 20:28 Universal Time. On that day there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Therefore Shawwal 1443 cannot start the next day. Hence the first day of Shawwal is on Monday, May 02, 2022, insha’Allah. Eid-ul-Fitr will be on Monday May 02, 2022.” As an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months, including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal, the Fiqh Council of North America recognises astronomical calculation. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 08:09 PM IST

    When is Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 in Canada?

    The Association of Muslims in Canada said, "This year, Eid ul Fitr 2022 is expected to be celebrated on Monday, May 02, 2022. However, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon of Shawwal 1443AH, 10th month of Islamic Calendar."

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  • Apr 30, 2022 04:47 PM IST

    Crescent moon spotters in South Africa reveal moon sighting time

    A space for Hilal/Crescent moon spotters in South Africa tweeted, “The moon at time of sunset on 1st May 2022 falls out of most of the criteria for a naked eye sighting in Southern Africa. The criteria points to Eid being on Tuesday Inshaallah. #MoonSighting #Hilaal #EidAlFitr (sic).”

  • Apr 30, 2022 04:04 PM IST

    International Astronomical Centre predicts this Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 date for different countries

    According to the International Astronomical Centre, Eid Al Fitr 2022 is expected to fall on Monday, May 2 in most Islamic countries and Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, director of the International Astronomical Centre, reportedly said that sighting the Shawwal crescent on Saturday, April 30 would be impossible because the moon is expected to set before the sun hence, countries that began fasting on April 2 this year, will likely complete 30 days of Ramadan, meaning Eid Al Fitr will start on May 2.

    As for countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Jordan, Morocco and Ghana - that began fasting for Ramadan 2022 from April 3, the crescent of Shawwal will likely be seen on Sunday, May 1 and Eid there too might be celebrated on May 2, 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:57 PM IST

    Emirates Astronomical Society makes Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 forecast

    As reported by UAE News, The Emirates Astronomical Society has forecast that Eid-ul-Fitr and the first of Shawwal will be on May 2. 

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Pakistan astronomers say ‘no chance of sighting the new moon of Shawwal’ on May 1

    Since the South Asian countries sight the crescent moon a day later, Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other neighbouring regions will gear up to sight the Shawwal crescent on May 1, 2022. However, the Pakistan Meteorological Department tweeted, “According to astronomical parameters, there is a No Chance of sighting the new moon of Shawwal, 1443 AH on the evening of 01-05-2022 i.e. on 29th of Ramazan, 1443 AH (sic).”

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:48 PM IST

    Eid declared in Australia and Singapore

    The Australian National Imams Council issued an official statement that read, “The Australian Fatwa Council is pleased to announce the following to the Australian Muslim community: After consulting members of the Australian Fatwa Council and further inquiries to the local and global observatories, Therefore: Sunday, 1st of May 2022, will be the last day of the Month of Ramadan 1443AH The Day of Eid Al-Fitr will be Monday 2nd of May 2022 and the first day of the Month of Shawwal 1443AH (sic).”

    The Majils Ugama Islam Singapore too announced that Muslims there will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Monday May 02, 2022.

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:45 PM IST

    Saudi Royal Court announcement for Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 celebrations

    As per the reported, Saudi Royal Court has stated, “Eid will be celebrated on Sunday May 01, 2022 if the new moon is spotted today. If the moon is not sighted (today), then Sunday will mark a regular fasting day and Eid will be celebrated on Monday May 02, 2022.”

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:43 PM IST

    UAE moon-sighting committee to sight the moon at this time

    Corresponding to 29th of Ramadan 1443H of the Islamic calendar, the Ministry of Justice UAE and religious authorities in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine and other Gulf states issued separate appeals on Friday and called upon the local residents to sight the crescent moon of Shawwal on Saturday evening i.e. April 30, 2022 after the maghrib prayers. The government sources reportedly said, “The committee will meet after Maghreb prayers on Saturday, April 30, 2022 corresponding to 29th of Ramadan 1443H at Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to spot the crescent.”

  • Apr 30, 2022 03:39 PM IST

    Saudi Supreme Court calls Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Saturday night, April 30 2022 or Ramadan 29 1443 AH

    In an announcement, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Supreme Court said that anyone who can sight the crescent of Shawwal with the naked eye or through binoculars must report to the nearest court and register their testimony.

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