It was not possible to see the crescent of the month of Shawwal in most Arab and Islamic countries yesterday evening, Saturday.
Seventeen Arab countries announced, on Saturday evening, that Monday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr, according to official data, while 3 other countries are exploring the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Sunday evening.
The Saudi Royal Court stated that Sunday is the completion of the month of Ramadan (started on the second of April) after it was not possible to see the crescent of the month of Shawwal, and Monday is the beginning of the month of Shawwal, corresponding to the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
This is the same position announced by the Yemeni endowments and their counterparts in Qatar and Somalia, the Sunni Endowment Bureau in Iraq, the Kuwaiti Sharia Vision Board, and the Crescent Investigation Committee in the Emirates, according to separate official statements.
The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Bahrain, the Islamic Fiqh Academy in Sudan, the Jurisprudence Scientific Council of the Syrian regime, and the Libyan Dar al-Iftaa announced that Monday is the first day of Eid al-Fitr, according to data.
And the first Eid al-Fitr will be in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia on Monday as well, according to data issued by the Mufti of Palestine, Muhammad Hussein, and his Egyptian counterparts, Shawki Allam, the Lebanese Abdel Latif Derian, and the Tunisian Othman Batikh.
In Algeria, the Crescent Committee of the Ministry of Religious Affairs announced that Monday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr, while the Central Committee for the Supervision of Crescent Moon in Mauritania also announced that it had not reached evidence of the sighting of the Shawwal crescent, and therefore Sunday is the complement to the month of Ramadan.
While the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan and Morocco explore the Shawwal crescent on Sunday evening, according to previous data, and the Comoros also join them, considering that the crescent of Ramadan appeared in such countries on the second of April, in violation of most of the Arab countries that preceded it a day.
The Shiites of Iraq also monitor the crescent on Sunday evening, considering that they began fasting Ramadan one day after the start of the year in their country, which is what has been the practice in Iraq for years.
While Djibouti did not issue a position regarding the Eid al-Fitr crescent until nine o’clock in the evening GMT on Saturday evening.