Saudi Arabia sights Shawwal crescent, Eid declared to begin on Friday

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Reports of the Shawwal crescent moon has been sighted on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, meaning Eid al Fitr should officially begin on Friday.

The Astronomical Observatory at the Majmaa University has completed its technical and administrative preparations to monitor the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday starting at 3:00 pm local time at a site designated for this purpose 27 km southwest of Hautat Sudair.

This is according to Schoolar Abdullah al-Khudairy, the director of the observatory of Majmaah University who confirmed that the observatory couldn’t sight the crescent moon of the Islamic calendar month of Shawwal on Wednesday morning, though scientific calculations point out that the start of Shawwal will begin 26 minutes before sunrise.

Al-Khudairy stressed that the monitoring unit at the Observatory of the Majmaa University, observes daily sunrise for the last ten days of Ramadan, and continues observing it during the sunrise and applying its height in a shaft of degrees.

If the sighting of the crescent moon of the Islamic calendar month of Shawwal falls on Thursday evening, it would mean Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday, ending the holy month of Ramadan and the fast of millions of Muslims.

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