When is Eid al-Fitr 2017? Does Ramadan end today around the world? Eid date REVEALED

Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated today (Sunday June 25) in the UK, Europe, America and Muslim countries where the new new moon crescent was sighted last night.

Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court confirmed the sighting of the Eid moon on Saturday night, confirming that Eid al-Fitr 1438 would fall today in the Sunni nation.

Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and other Arab countries have also confirmed that Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on the same day.

Eid-al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries.

The Shia Muslim state of Iran, Oman and several other countries have reportedly not sighted the moon, meaning first day of Eid al-Fitr will fall tomorrow (Monday June 26).

Bangladesh, Pakistan and India started Ramadan a day later than other countries and will lookout for the Eid moon on Sunday.

The festival marks the end of Ramadan during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

Muslims are celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday with prayers for peace as they mark the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

The day usually begins with early morning prayers and then family visits and feasts. Muslims greet each other by saying ‘Eid Mubarak’.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “To everyone celebrating in London and around the world, happy Eid al-Fitr! From my family to yours.”

The mayor is inviting Londoners and others to a celebration of Eid in Trafalgar Square, central London, from noon on Sunday July 2.

His office said: “Thousands of Londoners and visitors come to this free event every year to celebrate the end of Ramadan and enjoy an array of entertainment, delicious food and family fun.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “Best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

“This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity.

“This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities.”

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Time to celebrate, reflect on lessons learnt in Ramadan

Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fasting of Ramadan for Muslims across the globe, is here. It is time to celebrate and reflect on the lessons learnt during the month of abstinence. Eid Al Fitr means the festival of breaking fast. The festival reminds Muslims of the inherent recurring blessings of Allah on mankind.

Eid is celebrated in different ways across the world and the UAE, too, has its own distinct style. With over 200 nationalities residing in the UAE, the country is a melting pot when it comes to Eid celebrations!

Khaleej Times met a few families – some who have been in the UAE for long and others who are new – to see what Eid means for them and how they would celebrate.

Eid is a perfect time for family bonding for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Some go out of the country to explore new places while others prefer a ‘staycation’ with family and friends.

Dubai-based Malate family went to Tbilisi last week. “Every year we grab the opportunity to have a vacation during Ramadan or Eid. Although it’s always brief, at least we spend time together meaningfully,” Mike Malate, head of the family, told Khaleej Times. “We also owe it to the UAE, a Muslim country, for allowing us to freely practise our Christian faith,” he added.

Likewise, for the Tamano family, Eid is a time for a reunion of family and friends.

“As an expat Filipino family who belongs to the Muslim minority in the Philippines, living in the UAE for almost 12 years has been a huge blessing for us, especially during the holy month of Ramadan,” says Sahron Roy Tamano.

This year’s Eid festivity, however, takes a more solemn celebration for the family, in light of the current conflict in Marawi City, where the Tamanos hail from.

Going traditional

Eid is a special time for those who celebrate it. Every family has their own way of marking the occasion through their own set of traditions.

These traditions could be putting on henna, visiting family, having a picnic at a park or spending the day at a theme park – it varies from family to family. Whichever activity one chooses to do during Eid, they become important memories, especially for children.

Twenty-year-old Sudanese expat in Dubai, Ayman Zain, still can’t forget his first Eid memory in the emirate. “My first memory of spending Eid in the UAE was when I was 15 years old and my whole family gathered around at my aunt’s place to celebrate,” said Zain, a university student.

For Mohammed Mustafa Saidalavi and family in Abu Dhabi, Eid Al Fitr is a time to teach kids the value of sharing. “It is a way to teach my children how fortunate they are while there are many out there who are struggling without any comforts in life,” said the father of four from Kerala, India.

The UAE-based companies have shown their caring side by organising special events for labourers who are unable to be with their families.

Organisations such as the World Memon Organisation (WMO) – which provided 100,000 Iftar meals at three labour accommodation sites in Dubai and Ajman – have said the money they saved during Ramadan will be used to buy new clothes for workers during Eid.

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2017 Ramadan: Saudi Arabia announces date for commencement of fast

he country regarded as the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Saturday, May 27. This announcement was made on Thursday, May 25 by the state house. Ramadan lasts 29 to 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon. The mufti which is Lebanon’s top Islamic authority, said Ramadan would also begin in the country on Saturday, May 27, and a similar statement was made by officials in Iraq’s Muslim Sunni minority. In Nigeria, the president of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Sultan Saad Abubakar, asked Muslims to look out for the new moon from Friday, May 26.

During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset. Devout Muslims also mark the month by intense worship, performing special nightly prayers and reading Islam’s holy book, the Koran. Fasting is one of Islam’s five pillars, alongside declaration of monotheism, prayer five times a day, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Sultan of Sokoto had this to say to Muslims in Nigeria: “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Friday, May 26, 2017, is equivalent to 29th day of Sha’aban 1438 AH and shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1438 AH. “Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon of Ramadan, 1438 AH on Friday May 26. Read