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Saudi sights Shawwal moon, declares end of Ramadan, Friday is Eid-el-Fitri

The sighting committee in the Tumair observatory, Saudi Arabia, says the Shawwal crescent moon has been sighted, meaning Ramadan will only last 29 days this year.

As reported by the Saudi Gazette on Thursday (today), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sighted the crescent of Shawwal moon and has declared Friday, April 21 the Eid-el-Fitr.

An astronomical imaging observatory. Photo: Saudi Gazette

Qatar and the United Arabs Emirates also announced the sighting of the crescent.

“This means that Thursday is the last and 29th day of Ramzan 1444 AH, while Eid-el-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, April 21, 2023,” the medium reports.

In Saudi Arabia, the Shawwal crescent is observed using a technique of astronomical imaging, and in all observatories, including Sudair and Tumair.

The Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the sighting and announced Friday as the beginning of Eid.

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