KUWAIT: The moon-sighting committees of at least 12 Arab countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced yesterday evening that today will be the first day of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.
In Cairo, Dar Al-Iftaa Al- Masriya (the Egyptian house of legal opinion giving) said its moon-sighting panels countrywide did not observe the crescent of Shawwal month of the Arabic lunar Hijri calendar this year; making yesterday the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and today the first Eid holiday.
In Doha, the Qatari moon-sighting committee said that yesterday completed the month of fasting and today will be the first of the holiday. In Manama, the Bahraini Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs announced that today will be the first of the holiday.
In Beirut, the Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said in a statement that the crescent of Shawwal wasn’t seen yesterday night in the country so yesterday marked the end of Ramadan.
Similar statements were issued by the moon-sighting committees of Libya’s Dar Al-Iftaa, Sudan’s Islamic Fiqh Academy, Palestine, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Yesterday, Moon-Sighting Committee of Kuwait Ministry of Justice announced that today will be the first day of the holiday.