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Gulf countries to celebrate Eid Al Fitr on Wednesday

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The announcement comes after the High Judiciary Council in Saudi Arabia said that no new moon could be seen tonight.

This means tomorrow will be the last fasting day of the month of Ramadan.

According to authorities, Eid prayers will be held at nearly 300 mosques around the country at 5:03am on Wednesday, which is the first day of Shawwal.

Indonesia’s ministry of religious affairs ruled Monday that Muslims in the country will celebrate Eid Al Fitr on Wednesday after receiving a report that the new moon is still not visible over the entire country.

Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said that for some of the observers — situated at 90 points around the country — the new moon had still not been sighted (known locally as ru’yah).

“In all the regions, not all observers could see the moon as it remains under the horizon,” he said, adding that this would see the Ramadan fasting period extend to 30 days.

“Thus the first day of [the month of] Shawal will fall Wednesday,” Syaifuddin was quoted as saying by Metro TV.

Indonesia’s second biggest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, had previously announced that Eid would fall July 6 (Wednesday) by the method of astronomic calculation (hisab).

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