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Shawwal moon not sighted in UAE, Eid on Wednesday

ABU DHABI: The Shawwal moon in United Arab Emirates has not been sighted today (Monday), first day of Eid al-Fitr 2016 will be observed on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

A moon sighting committee under the Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi met at the Judiciary Department building in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting lasted for over an hour, but no any Shahadah (testimony) of witnessing Shawwal moon was received.

Though, the official announcement has not been made yet, it is very likely that Ramadan will last for thirty days and Eid al-Fitr 2016 will fall on Wednesday.

Odeh had earlier said that it is highly unlikely for anyone to witness the crescent on Monday evening, however people from all around the world will still go outside and try to spot the crescent moon, because it is a yearly custom.

“In order for the crescent to be seen, the moon must set after the sunset.”

“But it is impossible to sight the moon crescent today from almost all Muslim countries around the world, simply because the moon will set prior to sunset,” he noted.