Eid exodus: Asia's Muslims on the move for end of Ramazan

14 June, 2018, 15:08 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Eid al Fitr 2018 Has the moon been sighted

The holy month of fasting is about to end with Eid al-Fitr, a day of joyous prayer, feasting, and celebration.

The Ministry of Local government says in a statement that the Muslim Association of Malawi has indicated the moon might be sighted on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. The celebrations include gorging on some delicious food and wishing each other the mandatory "Eid Mubarak" with the traditional hug.

Muslims also fast during this period, which means they don't eat, drink, smoke or have sex between daybreak and sunset to allow more time to focus on their faith.

However, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) based on scientific calculations has already informed the Ministry of Religious Affairs that there are "slight" chances of Shawwal moon sighting on June 14.

The IAC said that on June 14 the moon crescent is likely be seen through a telescope from the east and southeast of Asia and Europe while it will be seen with the naked eye with difficulty from all Arab countries, except in the far west.


The federal government has declared Friday, June 15, and Monday, June 18, as public holidays to allow Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to celebrate the 2018 Eid- El Fitr, Abdulrahman Dambazau, a minister, has announced.

The Islamic calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last either 29 or 30 days.

Every month, the date of a young moon sighting depends on multiple factors, but it mainly depends on the date and time of new moon.

Communities and families usually gather to mark the start of Eid al-Fitr with a lavish meal.

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