Kuwait in Anticipation of Eid Al-Fitr

In anticipation of Eid Al-Fitr, when the sun is about to rise and people will assemble in the mosque to bow to Almighty Allah, Kuwait has been watching closely and listening for announcements:

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The Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on Muslims in the country to monitor the coming out of the new moon of Shawwal 2013 to determine the end of  current fasting month of Ramadan and advent of Eid Al-Fitr on either at sunset of Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 Ramadan, respectively.

Al-Qabas daily quoting Astronomer Adel Al-Sadoon reported that the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will fall on August 30 because the Shawwal crescent (Hijra month) will not be visible on August 29. Al-Sadoon explained it is impossible to see the crescent in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries except through telescopes in nations in the southern part of the equator in Africa. He said, “these countries are similar to us in most of the nights, so Aug 30 will most likely be the first day of Eid according to the visibility of the crescent.”

The Ministry of Justice Undersecretary Abdulaziz Al-Majed announced that Kuwait’s crescent sighting authority will be meeting on Tuesday evening to receive persons who could have sighted crescent of the month of Shawwal of the Hijra year which would mark Eid Al-Fitr. The authority will be chaired by vice-chairman of the Court of Cassation Justice Yusuf Al-Mutaw’a, with membership of Justices Ishaq Al-Kandari, Mishal Al-Juraiwi and Adnan Al-Tabtabae, he said. Al-Majed urged people who see the crescent to come to the authority to report it. The authority will be meeting at the headquartes of Kuwait’s Judicial and Legal Institute.

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