New Moon not sighted, Eld-el- Fitri holds Sunday, as Ondo reopens Market for Sallah Shopping

The Shawwal moon crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Friday, hence Eid Al Fitr will be on Sunday, May 24, according to authorities.

The crescent – as predicted – is likely to be spotted on May 23 (Saturday).

UAE has convened a virtual meeting of the moon sighting committee on Friday, and is yet to make an official announcement.

This year’s Eid Al Fitr prayer will be performed at home to ensure safety, as mosques across the country will remain closed due to the precautionary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The authorities urged public to avoid social gatherings and follow social distancing guidelines.


The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has announced that the Ramadan fast would continue on Saturday.

The National Moonsighting Committee of the NSCIA said no moon was sighted in the country on Friday.

It said the Ramadan fast would reach 30 this year as against preparations earlier made by Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri tomorrow (Saturday).

The PUNCH reports that the Muslim holiday of Eid-el-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

While announcing the outcome of its moon searching on Friday, it tweeted, “There was no positive sighting report of the Shawwal crescent in Nigeria, tomorrow is 30th Ramadan. An official statement from the Sultanate will be released shortly.”

Also, Eid will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, authorities in the kingdom said on Friday.

“Saturday will be the last day of the sacred holy month of Ramadan and Eid-el-Fitr will take place on Sunday,” the royal court and the supreme court said, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Religious authorities in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, and Lebanon also said that Eid would begin on Sunday.

The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar.

The holiday is normally celebrated by families gathering together.


In the meantime, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has approved the resumption of activities in all major and community markets throughout Ondo State tomorrow Saturday to enable Muslims shopping for sallah celebration.

This approval, which subsists for tomorrow only, is to enable Muslim faithful in the state engage in shopping activities ahead of the Eid-il-Fitri festivities

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Segun Ajiboye notes that the earlier order restricting business and market activities to Tuesdays and Thursdays in the state resumes immediately after tomorrow, Saturday.

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