Eid Al Fitr on Friday: Reports of Moon Sighting in Saudi Arabia

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A Malaysian Islamic Authority official performs the “Rukyah Hilal Syawal,” the sighting of the new moon to determine the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP)
A Malaysian Islamic Authority official performs the “Rukyah Hilal Syawal,” the sighting of the new moon to determine the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP)

JEDDAH – A new moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia, heralding the start of Eid Al-Fitr holiday, Al Arabiya News Channel cited local reports Thursday evening.

For Muslims, Eid al-Fitr celebration begins after the fasting month of Ramadan ends. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.

Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world.

Muslims in the UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday, while Muslims in other nations such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will observe the holiday on Saturday.

People shop at Al-Ataba, a popular market in downtown Cairo, July 15, 2015. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (Reuters)

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