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Saudi Supreme Court calls on citizens to report sighting of crescent moon

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The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has requested residents who sight the crescent moon of the Islamic calendar month of Shawwal on Thursday evening to report it to the nearest court or register their testimony.

Saudi Arabia and Muslims around the world are eagerly awaiting the crescent moon sighting as it will determine what day Eid al-Fitr will fall, ending the holy month of Ramadan and the fast of millions of Muslims.

The court also called on those interested to join the sighting committees that are in different locations.

Saudi experts at astronomical observatories said that on the 30th day of Ramadan, which falls on Thursday, the moon will set 42 minutes before the sun sets. According to this, and if the weather allows for it, the crescent should be easily seen that evening.