On Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced this year’s Eid al-Fitr would begin on Sunday, June 25, according to state-run Saudi News Agency.
But Eid – the end of Ramadan – came and went this year without any mention of a White House meal.
Fiji Muslim League national president Hafizud Dean Khan says Eid day brings happiness, unity and the knowledge that true joy comes from their ability to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged in Fiji.
“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, also known as the festival of breaking of the fast”, he said. But the Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia are likely to celebrate it on Monday.
In northern Alberta, the Islamic holy month meant up to 19 hours of daily fasting, prohibiting food and drink including water.
In countries on just about every continent, Muslims gathered for prayer, reflection and a joyous conclusion to the fasting month of Ramadan. It is believed that the Quran’s first verse was revealed during the last 10 nights of this month.
Meanwhile, the Taipei City Government yesterday held an event to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) handing out 500 green envelopes to participants. The Islamic calendar originated when Prophet Mohammat migrated from Mecca to Medina (Hijri) in 622 AD.
The formal announcement in this regard was made in Lucknow on Sunday by Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, the president of the Markazi Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee or the Markazi Chand Committee – a panel formed with the express objective of spotting the moons that mark holy Islamic dates.
The moon-sighting committee convened a meeting today to sight Shawwal moon.