Tomorrow is Eid ul-Fitr

August 30th, 2011 - 1:45 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Mecca, Aug 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The confusion on when the Eid ul-Fitr will begin seems to have been settled. Saudi officials have announced that the end of the month of Ramadan is Tuesday and not Wednesday as some argue. The announcement was made on Monday in a statement which was read on the Arab network Al-Ekhbariyah.

Islamic leaders in Saudi Arabia announced the sighting of the new moon on Monday. Subsequently, Monday will be the end of the fasting period. Under Islamic customs, the next day after the end of Ramadan is observed as the Eid ul-Fitr.

Muslims around the world are required to fast for a period of time known as the Ramadan. During the period, all Muslims are urged to stay away from food, water, sex, alcohol and other carnal things at certain times of the day.

After the period the end of the fast needs to be marked by observing the next day as Eid ul-Fitr. The Muslim calendar is a lunar one so the sighting of the moon is crucial to determine the times.

Saudi Arabia is the holiest nation in Islam. The country has several holy shrines which attracts millions of Muslims from all over the world each year.

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