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Shawaal moon sighted in J&K, Eid being celebrated Wednesday: Mufti Nasir ul Islam

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Kerala too celebrates Eid on Wednesday, rest of India on Thursday

Srinagar: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Wednesday and the rest of the country on Thursday.

“Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, 11 April 2024, as the Shawaal moon has been sighted in Kashmir,” announced Mufti Nasir ul Islam.

Jamiat-ul-Ulama Isna Ashria Kargil, Ladakh, has also announced that Eid festival will be celebrated in Kargil tomorrow.

“Enough evidence was received from various parts of J&K about sightings of the crescent,” Mufti said.

He said that the consultative committee headed by him with members — Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Moulana Rehmatullah Qasimi, Moulana Abdul Lateef Alqandi, Ghulam Rasool Hami and ulemas from Jammu and Chenab valley — have concluded that Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on Wednesday.

The sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramzan and the beginning of Eid ul-Fitr, one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar.

The sighting of the Eid crescent holds special significance for Muslims, as it marks the end of a month-long period of fasting, prayer, and reflection. Eid ul-Fitr, often referred to as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is celebrated with joyous gatherings, special prayers, and feasting with family and friends.

Delhi’s Fatehpuri Masjid Imam Mufti Mukarram Ahmad told PTI that the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of the mosque contacted many places and was informed that the moon was not sighted.

Therefore, Eid will be celebrated in India on Thursday and on Wednesday the 30th fast of Ramzan will be observed, he said.

Muslim clerics in Kerala including Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal and Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar said the Shawwal moon was sighted and so Eid will be celebrated across the state on Wednesday.

Former Imam of Shahi Jama Masjid Delhi Syed Ahmed Bukhari said there is no news of the sighting of the moon of Shawwal.

“Contacts were made in different parts of India – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Bihar, but the moon was not sighted anywhere,” he said.

“Eid will be celebrated on Thursday, April 11,” Bukhari said.

Lucknow’s Markazi Chand Committee also declared that Eid will be celebrated on April 11 as the moon has not been sighted this evening.

Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated across the world on different days and it is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon which is supposed to denote the start of the Shawwal month in the lunar Islamic calendar.

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