Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Moon sighting date, timings, significance, importance

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2020

Addressing a press conference, Fawad Chaudhry said that religious festivals should be the cause of unity but meetings of Ruet-e-Hilal committee have always been a source of controversy.

"As you celebrate the Breaking of the Fast, may the clarity of thought and wisdom that you have attained from this undertaking inspire you to be the living examples of what is best in the Islamic faith", said Duterte, the first president from Mindanao, which is home to the country's Muslim minority.

Chairman of the Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rahman will chair the meeting. A number of people aver that the authorities were only following an earlier May 24 declaration by Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, in Quetta, the province's zonal committee announced that it had received a few testimonies from Pasni and Ormara.


But, a formal announcement by the religious authorities has not been made. If the moon is sighted on 29th, the new month begins the next day. He said word from these cities was being awaited.

Muslims across East and West Africa are celebrating the post-Ramadan fete of Eid-ul-Fitr today (Saturday, May 23) despite a majority of Muslims nations observing the 30th day of fasting ahead of Eid on Sunday.

Meanwhile, unlike the past, there is no uncertainty among the faithful who follow the decisions of the private Ruet-e-Hilal Committee led by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai as they all know beforehand that Eidul Fitr would be celebrated today.

"There is no report of moon sighting from any part of India".


Eid'l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of the month of fasting.

It is a odd feeling for many as there used to be uncertainty until late evening if the moon would be sighted or not. No worries this time as the decision has already been taken whether the moon is sighted or not. And, Muslims here are most likely to celebrate Eid on Sunday May 24. He said that all around the world, moon sighting is no longer a problem because of advancements in science.

Normally there is a delay of at least one day between the two regions.

Otherwise, the next day is counted as the 30th and last day of the ongoing month and the next day is the first day of the new month.


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