The people of a Muslim community, who observe the ritual of Roza during the month of Ramadan ul-Kareem, are eager to celebrate the festival of Eid ul-Fitr. Bahrain’s lead astronomer Dr Waheeb Al Nasser said he expected all Muslim countries to celebrate Eid ul Fitr on Friday, regardless of when they started their fast. He said that it would be visible in Bahrain for 39 minutes, 45 minutes in Nouakchott, 49 minutes in Rabat, 46 minutes in Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algiers, 45 minutes in Djibouti and Tunis, 44 minutes in Sana’a, 43 minutes in Cairo, 42 minutes in Riyadh, Amman and occupied Jerusalem, 41 minutes in Beirut, Damascus, Doha and Abu Dhabi and 40 minutes in Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat.
Prayer timings for Eid ul Fitr prayers have been announced. Eid prayer in Abu Dhabi will be held at 5.50am, at 5.57am in Al Ain, and 6.02am in the Western Region, as announced by Awqaf. Sharjah will hold prayers at 5.44am.
The prayer will be performed at the same time (5.44am) in the Al Hamriya, Al Madam and Maleha area. However, the Eid ul Fitr prayer will be performed at 5.43am in Al Al Dhaid city and Al Bataeh area and at 5.41am in the cities and suburbs of the Eastern Region.
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The sighting of the crescent marking the start or the end of Ramadan has often been a point of debate among Muslims, resulting in countries announcing the start and end of the sacred month on different days.
The clash is mainly between conservatives who insist on seeing the crescent with the naked eye, in line with a literal interpretation of Islamic principles, and those who call for the use of astronomical calculations to predict the start of the month.