Pakistan, India celebrate Eid Al Fitr today

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Abdul Basit

Muslims in Pakistan and India are celebrating Eid Al Fitr on Saturday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted on Thursday in both the countries.

The holy month of Ramadan started in the UAE, Pakistan and India on the same day/date but the UAE celebrated Eid on Friday as the moon sighted in the Gulf country on Thursday and both the Asian countries are celebrating Eid on Saturday.

In Pakistan, the Shawwal moon was also sighted and preparations for the holiday are in full-swing. The Shawwal moon could not be sighted on Thursday after which the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee had announced that Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, according to media reports.

Meanwhile all cities except Kerala is celebrating Eid on Saturday. Kerala celebrated Eid on Friday after the moon was sighted in the Kozhikode district on Thursday evening.

Earlier, a communique from the office of Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari said Eid will be celebrated on June 16 on the completion of 30 days of Ramadan as the new moon was not sighted in India.

“New moon not sighted, Eid to be celebrated on Saturday,” the Markazi Hilal Committee declared in its meeting.

The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal depending upon the sighting of the moon the previous night. -abdulbasit@theuaenews.com