By Staff writer
Moon-sighting committee announced the news after its meeting tonight at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department
The UAE will celebrate the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday May 24, after a meeting of the UAE's moon-sighting committee.
The state news agency WAM, said the moon-sighting committee announced the news after its meeting tonight at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, and chairman of the committee, said the committee, after exhausting the sharia methods of sighting the crescent and making the necessary contacts with neighbouring countries, could not detect the Shawal month crescent moon on Friday evening, and therefore declares that tomorrow, Saturday, the 23rd of May, is the last day of Ramadan 1441, and that Sunday, the 24th of May, is the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of Eid celebration as well as the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Normally performed at mosques and Mussalas, but this year, and due to the current exceptional circumstances created by the spread of Covid-19, Eid Al Fitr will be performed at home, either individually, or in a congregation of family members led by the father, without Khutba, or sermon, according to the Official Fatwa Centre.
In a statement released yesterday on WAM, the centre said that Eid Al Fitr prayer is a Sunnah Muakkadah (highly recommended) for settled and able-bodied men, while it is optional, yet recommended for women, under-age children and travellers.
The centre also detailed the means by which the prayer is performed inside the house by an individual worshipper or by a group of family members.
Eid prayer is made of two rak’ahs (bows) but it starts with seven Takbeers (saying Allah Akbar) in the first Rak'ah and six in the second. After Takbeers, the individual worshipper or Imam (prayer leader) must loudly read Surat Al Fatiha, the first chapter in the holy Quran, and full or part of verses from another Sura.
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.