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First day of Eid Al Fitr 2020 announced, Shawwal crescent not sighted in Saudi Arabia

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Filed on May 22, 2020 | Last updated on May 22, 2020 at 07.54 pm
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UAE has convened a virtual moon sighting committee meeting today.

The Shawwal moon crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Friday, hence Eid Al Fitr will be on Sunday, May 24, according to authorities.

The crescent - as predicted - is likely to be spotted on May 23 (Saturday).

UAE has convened a virtual meeting of the moon sighting committee on Friday, and is yet to make an official announcement.

Also read: Muslim countries declare May 24 as first day of Eid

This year's Eid Al Fitr prayer will be performed at home to ensure safety, as mosques across the country will remain closed due to the precautionary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. The authorities urged public to avoid social gatherings and follow social distancing guidelines.

Saudi Arabia has imposed a curfew in the Kingdom during Eid break to prevent coronavirus spread.


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