May 2 is first day of Eid al-Fitr: Astronomical Centre


The International Astronomical Centre said 2nd May will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr in most countries, as the crescent of Shawwal 1443 A.H. will be seen on Saturday, 30th April, corresponding to 29 Ramadan…reports Asian Lite News

Muhammad Shawkat Odeh, Director of the Centre, noted that in countries that began Ramadan on Sunday, 3rd April, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Jordan, Morocco and Ghana, the crescent of Shawwal will be seen on Sunday, 1st May.

He added that in countries that will witness the crescent on Saturday, April 30th, seeing the crescent on that day will be impossible because the moon will set before the sun and, therefore, these countries will have completed 30 days of Ramadan, so Eid al-Fitr will start on 2nd May 2022.

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In countries that will witness the crescent on 1st May, sighting the moon that day will not be possible in Australia and neighbouring regions but will be possible via telescope in Central and West Asia, most of Europe, and Southern Africa.

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