Saudi to look for Eidul Fitr moon tomorrow
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court will hold a meeting about the sighting of Eidul Fitr moon on Monday and the apex court has called on people across the kingdom to look for the crescent of Shawal on Monday evening.
In an announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the Supreme Court called on “whoever sights the crescent to report to the nearest court and register his testimony or report to the authority of the region’s center in his area.”
Meanwhile, leading Afghan astrologist Abdullah Kandahari said the chances of seeing the Shawal moon on Monday had increased.
He said the crescent will be visible on Monday in Europe, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and other countries on Monday.
But Kandahar had last week hinted the Eidul Fitr festival would be celebrated on Wednesday (July 6). He told Pajhwok Afghan News the Ramadan moon could still be visible on Monday for 20 minutes in Morocco and for eight minutes in Saudi Arabia.
Kandahari had said the moon might be visible in European countries, the United States and other parts of the world on Tuesday.
On Monday, the moon could be sighted in Afghanistan for three minutes but due to lack of equipment, people might not see it.
But today Kandahari said a storm in the Indian Ocean and subsequent clouds had dimmed the chance of spotting the moon, but now the storm’s direction had changed.
He said there was 90 percent chance Eidul Fitr would fall on Tuesday. Kandahari last week predicted 40 percent change of the festival on Tuesday.
If the moon is not sighted on Monday, Wednesday will be the first day of Eidul Fitr.
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