The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – The first day of Eid Al Fitr in the UAE will be announced on Friday (May 22) after the moon-sighting committee meets to search for the new crescent moon.
Sultan Al Badi, Minister of Justice, is the heading the committee after Maghrib prayers to deliberate the start of Eid Al Fitr.
If the new moon is spotted, Eid will begin immediately. If the moon is not spotted, then the start of Eid will be declared for either Saturday or Sunday.
Eid Al Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast.
UAE employees are expected to have a long weekend, with the Eid holiday spanning Ramadan 29 and Shawwal 3, which will either fall on Tuesday or Wednesday.
This year, UAE authorities has asked the public to forego certain traditions such as giving of gifts and having gatherings in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mosques remain closed, but the UAE Fatwa Council has urged Muslims to pray at home while avoiding large group prayers.
As of Wednesday, the UAE also revised the timings for the National Disinfection Programme and curfew to 8pm until 6am as part of precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus. ICA/Expat Media
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