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Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 moon sighting highlights: Shawwal crescent moon sighted in Saudi, UAE, Muslims to mark Eid on April 21

ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi
Apr 20, 2023 10:25 PM IST

Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia, UAE Muslims to mark Eid on April 21, Shawwal crescent moon sighted amid rare hybrid total solar eclipse

Eid moon sighting refers to the traditional practice of Muslims observing the crescent or new moon to determine the start of the tenth Islamic month of Shawwal, which marks the end of a month-long fasting of Ramadan 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 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 as Shawwal translates to, ‘festival of breaking of the fast.’

Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 moon sighting LIVE: Muslims in Saudi Arabia, India, others to sight Shawwal crescent at this time (Photo by Twitter/JuniConnects)

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.

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.

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  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 10:24 PM

    Philippines to celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 on Saturday

    According to Bangsamoro Darul-Ifta’, the Islamic Advisory Council of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the first day of Eid al Fitr in the Philippines will be on Saturday as Shiek Abuhuraira Udasan, Grand Mufti of the Bangsamoro region, said the crescent moon was not sighted in Mindanao, including Maguindanao del Norte, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, as well as the cities of Cotabato and Iligan on Thursday.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 10:18 PM

    Muslims in Malaysia to celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 on Saturday

    Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, April 22 in Malaysia, as the crescent moon was not spotted on Thursday, April 20.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 10:16 PM

    Shawwal crescent moon not sighted in Thailand, Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 to be celebrated on

    Eid will be celebrated on Saturday in Thailand, as the moon was not spotted in the country on Thursday.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 10:12 PM

    Shawwal crescent moon not sighted in Japan, Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 to be celebrated on Saturday

    Eid Al Fitr will fall on Saturday, April 22, in Japan, on account of the moon not being sighted on Thursday

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 10:09 PM

    Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 date Indonesia

    The Shawwal crescent was not spotted on April 20 from Indonesia, making Saturday, April 22, the first day of Eid in the country.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 09:50 PM

    Qatar confirms first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023

    Following a meeting of the moon-sighting committee, Qatar confirms first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 09:43 PM

    Oman announces Saturday as first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023

    The moon-sighting committee convened on Thursday at Oman and announced Saturday, April 22, 2023 as first day of Eid Al Fitr. 

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 09:39 PM

    Shawwal crescent moon sighted in UAE, Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 on Friday 

    Muslims in UAE to celebrate Eid on Friday, April 21 as moon sighted despite hybrid total solar eclipse

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 09:00 PM

    Saudi Arabia announces Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 on April 21 as Shawwal crescent moon sighted tonight

    The crescent moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday April 21, 2023.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:54 PM

    Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 moon sighting predictions and forecast amid hybrid total solar eclipse

    As per astronomical reports, the Shawwal crescent moon will be just 0.2% lit right after sunset and almost certainly impossible to see for few minutes after sunset on Thursday, April 20 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, due to the rare hybrid total solar eclipse, also known as an annular-total solar eclipse. On the other hand, the West coast of the US will most likely see it 1% lit and a little higher in the post-sunset sky about 10 hours later.

    On Friday, April 21, 2023 the crescent moon is much more likely to be sighted from everywhere around the world and it will be 2.4% lit from Mecca and generally much higher and brighter in the post-sunset sky while it will be about 4% from the West coast of the US.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:50 PM

    UK Muslims to sight the Eid 2023 crescent moon tonight

    UK’s Islamic Relief, Wifaqul Ulama has made appeal to Muslims there to sight the New Moon of the month of Shawwal 1444 on April 20, 2023, the 29th Ramaḍān 1444.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:49 PM

    France to sight the Shawwal crescent for Eid 2023

    The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) of France has made appeal to Muslims in the country to sight the New Moon of the month of Shawwal 1444 on April 20, 2023, the 29th Ramaḍān 1444.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:45 PM

    New Zealand gears to sight Shawwal crescent for Eid 2023

    The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand to sight the Eid moon on Thursday April 20, 2023.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:43 PM

    USA announces Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 date

    The Fiqh Council of North America shared, “The Astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:12 Universal Time. On April 20, the elongation is more than 8 degrees and moon is more than 5 degrees above the sun everywhere in North America. Hence the first day of Shawwal is on Friday, April 21, 2023, insha’Allah.” The council recognises astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:40 PM

    South Africa issues crescent moon spotting guidelines for April 21, 2023

    Moon may be visible to the naked eyes in South Africa on Friday evening, April 21, 2023

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:32 PM

    International Astronomy Centre says crescent moon of Shawwal will not be visible to naked eye tonight

    International Astronomy Centre statement read, "It is important to note that the issue of crescent sighting has been a topic of discussion among our esteemed scholars, and our Muslim ancestors established several criteria for sighting the crescent through practical observations. These standards are still rigorously followed today and are known for their accuracy in determining the possibility of seeing the crescent with the naked eye.

    In fact, all previous standards, old and new, show that seeing the crescent on Thursday is not possible with the naked eye from the Arab world. This expectation is not an opinion of a person or a party, but rather it is a consensus of specialists.

    Returning to the crescent on Thursday, April 20, let us look at its situation in some Arab and Islamic cities. At sunset: In Jakarta, the moon is 2.7 degrees from the sun (the internationally agreed limit for Danjeon is 6 degrees). In Abu Dhabi, it is 4.7 degrees from the sun. And in Mecca, it is 5.1 degrees away from the sun. In Jerusalem, the moon is 5.4 degrees away from the sun. In Cairo, the moon is 5.5 degrees away from the sun. In Dakar (Senegal), the moon is 8.0 degrees away from the sun, and it can be seen with instruments.

    In view of all the scientific standards considered for the crescent and published in peer-reviewed periodicals, we would like to point out that seeing the crescent is not possible with the naked eye in the Arab or Islamic world, and is not even possible using telescopes in most of them, and most of them are less than the 'Dangon' limit.

    Some countries are content with mathematical calculations to determine the moon's position relative to the sun and do not require actual sighting of the crescent. In addition, these countries are content with the possibility of observing the crescent from anywhere in the world that shares the same night as them. Therefore, it is perfectly alright for these countries to celebrate Eid Al Fitr on Friday, April 21, if they choose to do so.

    As for countries that require local (correct) vision only with the naked eye or countries located in Asia that accept local vision with a telescope, it is assumed that the number of Ramadan will be 30 days and that Eid Al Fitr will be on Saturday, April 22.

    This, and announcing the beginnings of the Hijri months is, of course, the prerogative of the legal authorities in Islamic countries."

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:23 PM

    UAE announce Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 prayer timmings for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah etc

    While UAE’s moon-sighting committee will declare the result shortly, the Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 prayer timings for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah etc are:

    Abu Dhabi: 6.12am

    Al Ain: 6.06am

    Dubai: 6.10am

    Sharjah city: 6.07am

    Al Dhaid: 6.06am

    Madam and Mleiha: 6.07am

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:17 PM

    Crescent moon of Shawwal not sighted in Brunei, Eid to be marked on Saturday

    South Asia's Brunei, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea, to celebrate Eid 2023 on Saturday, April 22 as crescent moon of Shawwal not sighted in the sovereign state

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 08:03 PM

    No chance of sighting the new moon of Shawwal 1444 AH in Pakistan

    According to astronomical parameters, there is no chance of sighting the new moon of Shawwal, 1444 AH on the evening of 20-04-2023 i.e. on 29th of Ramazan, 1444 AH.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:58 PM

    Preparations begin in Saudi Arabia's Tumair to sight the Shawwal crescent moon for Eid 2023

    The crescent moon sighting observations made from Sudair and Tumair observatories will be part of Saudi Arabia's official decision. As of now, the investigation to search for the Shawwal 1444 crescent has begun at Crescent Observatory in Tumair.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:54 PM

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023: Trendy Mehndi designs to try this festive season

    Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion that marks the end of a month-long period of fasting and spiritual reflection for Muslims around the world. Check out these trendy mehendi designs ahead of Eid 2023

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:51 PM

    Eid Ul Fitr 2023: From Sonam Kapoor to Alia Bhatt, celeb-inspired Eid outfits for a glamorous traditional look

    From Pooja Hegde's trendy yellow sharara set to Sonam Kapoor's purple printed Anarkali kurta, get ready to dazzle this Eid with these celebrity-inspired outfits

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:49 PM

    Eid 2023 Special Recipes: 5 healthy and lip-smacking dishes you must try

    From shahi tukda to mutton biryani, check out some mouth-watering Eid special recipes that you must try to make your celebrations even more memorable.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:48 PM

    Eid-ul-Fitr 2023: Beautiful shayaris to share with your dear ones on WhatsApp and Facebook to wish them Eid Mubarak

    Eid-ul-Fitr 2023: Share these beautiful shayaris with your friends and family on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social platforms to wish them, Eid Mubarak.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:45 PM

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023: Best SMS, Eid WhatsApp messages, quotes, Facebook status, GIF images to wish Eid Mubarak

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023: Here’s a list of wishes and images that you can share with loved ones and wish them on this auspicious day.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:43 PM

    Makeup tips to look sweat free on Eid-ul-Fitr 2023

    Festivals can be challenging to keep your makeup looking fresh while celebrating. Here are tips to look sweat free on Eid-ul-Fitr 2023

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 07:24 PM

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023: Date, history, significance, celebrations and all you need to know about the Islamic festival

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023 is expected to be celebrated from April 21 to April 23. Here's all about the history, significance and celebrations of the Islamic festival.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 06:19 PM

    Eid-ul-Fitr 2023: Shawwal moon to be seen with rare ‘hybrid’ total solar eclipse

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 06:17 PM

    Eid-Ul-Fitr 2023: Kerala and Kashmir date, time of moon sighting

    As Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims worldwide are gearing up to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Here's when the festival will be observed in Kashmir and Kerala.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 06:09 PM

    Eid 2023 date in Saudi Arabia, India: When will Muslims mark Chand Raat, Eid-ul-Fitr in Middle East, India, other nations

    Eid 2023 date in Saudi Arabia, India: Here's when Ramadan will end and Muslims will mark Chand Raat and Eid-ul-Fitr in Middle East, India, other countries

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 06:06 PM

    Canada announces Eid 2023 date

    Association of Muslims in Canada said, “This year, Eid ul Fitr 2023 is expected to be celebrated on Friday, April 21, 2023. However, the exact date is subject to the sighting of the moon of Shawwal 1444AH, 10th month of Islamic Calendar.” 

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 05:29 PM

    Singapore announces Eid 2023 dates

    Majils Ugama Islam Singapore has announced that Muslims in the country will celebrate Eid al Fitr on Saturday April 22, 2023.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 05:28 PM

    Australia announces Eid 2023 dates

    The Australian National Imams Council said in a statement, "The Australian Fatwa Council is pleased to announce to the Australian Muslim community that Friday, 21st of April 2023, will be the last day of the Month of Ramadan 1444AH. The Day of Eid Al-Fitr will be on Saturday, 22nd of April 2023, and the first day of the Month of Shawwal 1444AH."

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 05:25 PM

    Gulf states Jordan, Kuwait, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine gear to sight the Eid Moon on Thursday

    Special arrangements have reportedly been made and general appeals issued by the authorities in Qatar and other Gulf states including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Muscat, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Palestine to sight the Shawwal crescent moon today on Thursday, April 20, 2023 corresponding to 29th of Ramadan 1444 AH, the Islamic Calendar.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 04:29 PM

    Contact numbers to inform about the Shawwal crescent moon sighting in Morocco

    According to the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the sighting of the crescent moon for Eid Al Fitr 2023 in Morocco will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023 and so it called religious experts to inform it of their feedback on the crescent sighting via the following numbers:

    0537-76-11-45

    0537-76-09-32

    0537-76-05-49

    0537-76-89-54

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 04:23 PM

    Morocco to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2023 on this day

    Moroccan astronomer Hicham Aissaoui had forecasted ahead of the start of Ramadan 2023 that Saudi Arabia and most other countries could celebrate Eid Al Fitr on April 21, 2023 while Morocco would most probably celebrate the Eid a day later. As predictions by most Moroccan astronomers align with the same and suggest that the North African country will celebrate this year’s Eid Al Fitr on April 22, 2023, it will be the first time in five years that Moroccans complete a full month of 30 days fasting.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 04:01 PM

    Oman moon-sighting committee to meet at the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs ahead of Eid 2023

    The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs requested Omani citizens and residents to look out for the new moon by cooperating with field teams in the Wilayat or reporting any sighting to the subcommittees while Oman's main moon-sighting committee for the month of Shawwal 1444 AH will meet at the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs on Thursday, April 20, 2023 to sight the Shawwal crescent for Eid 2023.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 03:44 PM

    UAE to sight the crescent for Eid 2023 on this day

    The UAE moon-sighting committee has invited Muslims in the country to look out for the Shawwal crescent moon on Thursday night to mark Eid 2023. “The committee will meet after Maghrib prayers on Thursday 29th of Ramadan 1444 AH corresponding to April 20, 2023 at Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to spot the crescent,” the government sources said.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 03:43 PM

    Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs's important message to Muslims in Bahrain ahead of Eid 2023 moon sighting

    The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) urged the public in Bahrain to contact the moon-sighting panel if they sight the new Shawwal crescent while Bahrain’s moon-sighting panel will convene on Thursday evening to receive news and testimonies about the birth of new Shawwal crescent for the year 1444 AH.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 03:39 PM

    Moon-sighting committee to meet in Qatar for Eid 2023

    In Qatar, the Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) will meet immediately after the Maghrib or sunset prayer tonight and has called on all Muslims living in the country to sight the Shawwal crescent on Thursday, April 20, 2023 corresponding to Ramadan 29, 1444 AH and head to the headquarters of Awqaf in Dafna (Towers) area to report their testimony if they sight the crescent.

  • Thu, 20 Apr 2023 03:21 PM

    Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court calls Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday night, April 20, 2023 or Ramadan 29 1444 AH

    In an announcement, the Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court called on all Muslims across the Kingdom to look for the Eid crescent moon on Thursday evening i.e. April 20, 2023 which will correspond to Ramadan 29 and stated 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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