Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday
Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting: Saudi Arabia to sight crescent on Tuesday(Twitter/MAbduweli)

Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: Crescent not sighted in Saudi Arabia

  • Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 moon sighting highlights: The crescent moon for the month of Shawwal 1442 was not sighted on Tuesday evening. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13 2021 which will mark the end of Ramadan 2021
By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:36 PM IST

Muslims across the world are gearing up to sight the crescent moon to welcome the month of Shawwal with Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr. The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and the tenth is Shawwal whose first day is marked as Eid-ul-Fitr across the world.

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. Every year, Eid-ul-Fitr occurs approximately 10-11 days earlier depending on when the crescent moon is sighted since lunar months are shorter than solar months and so it varies from country to country by about a day.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls Muslims in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon for the month of Shawwal on Tuesday evening, that is May 11, 2021, which will mark Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2021.


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  • MAY 11, 2021 09:00 PM IST

    Shawwal Crescent search results expected shortly

    While there are no reports of crescent moon sightings at Tumair observatory, search continues at other observatories in Saudi Arabia and results of today’s Shawwal Crescent search are expected shortly.

  • MAY 11, 2021 08:57 PM IST

    Attempt to search for the Shawwal crescent has officially begun

    Attempt to search for the Shawwal crescent has officially begun at different observatories in Saudi Arabia but according to Chief Astronomer Abdullah Al Khudairi, there is "Little to no possibility to seeing the crescent today."

  • MAY 11, 2021 08:55 PM IST

    Astronomers take their places at Sumair and Tumair observatories

    Astronomers take their places at Sumair and Tumair observatories to search for the crescent moon that will mark the onset of the month of Shawwal

  • MAY 11, 2021 08:04 PM IST

    North America expects Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13

    According to the Fiqh Council of North America, the Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:02 Universal Time. On this day, there is no place on Earth reportedly where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Hence, Shawwal 1442 cannot start the next day which means that the first day of Shawwal or Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 is on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

  • MAY 11, 2021 07:55 PM IST

    UAE to hold socially-distant prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr

    Dubai's Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) announced that Eid prayers will be held at 5:52am while mosques and musallas across the emirate will open 15 minutes before and then close immediately after the namaz. Precautionary measures like keeping a safe distance from others, not crowding around the musallas’ entrances and exits, wearing face masks and carrying individual prayer mats to be followed. On the other hand, women’s prayer halls will remain closed until further notice.

  • MAY 11, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Jeddah Astronomical Association predicts Eid-ul-Fitr on May 13

    Jeddah Astronomical Association has said that the most likely sighting date for the Shawwal moon will be on Wednesday 12 May. As per a top official, a new moon is likely to be sighted in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday which is May 12. If this is the case, Eid-ul-Fitr will follow on Thursday i.e. May 13 but a final announcement from the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia is awaited.

  • MAY 11, 2021 07:41 PM IST

    Eid in UK amid Covid-19

    Even though the travel curbs have been eased in most parts of Britain, the communal aspect of Eid will be hampered this year as with there will be no large-scale events, food festivals, mass prayers or stalls due to the Covid-19 restrictions still in place in the UK and other countries.

  • MAY 11, 2021 07:38 PM IST

    Eid break for kids in Dubai

    Dubai gears up to offer kids a much-need treat with recreational activities in the Eid week and the long weekend as it hosts woodwork, theatre and a Disney fountain show in the city.

  • MAY 11, 2021 05:39 PM IST

    Final announcement expected at 7:15pm

    The final announcement, about whether the crescent has been sighted or not in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is expected around 7:15pm as per KSA's time zone on Tuesday.

  • MAY 11, 2021 05:34 PM IST

    Eid on Wednesday if crescent moon is sighted on Ramadan 29, 1442 H

    As per the Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court, if the moon is sighted with the naked eye on Ramadan 29, 1442 H which is Tuesday May 11, the committee will announce the end of the fasting month and Eid ul Fitr for the next day i.e. Wednesday.

  • MAY 11, 2021 05:23 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls Muslims to sight the crescent moon

    Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has asked Muslims to report to the authorities in their area if they sight the crescent moon for the month of Shawaal by naked eyes or through binoculars. It also called the people of the Kingdom to register their testimony after reporting to the nearest court about the moon sighting.

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