Published Sunday, July 27, 2014
UAE and Saudi Arabia moon sighting committees will meet today evening in their respective countries to witness Shawwal moon.
The meetings will begin after Maghreb prayers (7pm) to see the Eid moon and the decision is expected after 9pm UAE time (5pm GMT).
A number of astronomers have predicted that the holy month of Ramadan will end on Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, is the first day of Shawwal.
Muslims have been asked to report sighting of the moon to the authorities concerned.
Most of the Arab, European, American and Canadian Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr on the same dates as the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
UAE panel to meet in Abu Dhabi
Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice has issued a decision setting up the moon-sighting committee for the month of Shawwal, Hijri 1435.
The committee, chaired by the Minister of Justice, includes Mohammed bin Hamad Al Badi, Under- Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, along with a number of officials.
The decision called on all the Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
The committee will hold the meeting after Maghrib prayer on Sunday, the 29th of Ramadan, Hijri 1435, corresponding to July 27, 2014 at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.
Eid moon image captured, claims Icop
The Islamic Crescents’ Observation Project (Icop) announced today that an image of Eid moon has captured and Eid Al Fitr will be marked tomorrow.
However, it said authorities in each country will decide whether to accept or not its crescent image capturing technique for the moon-sighting.
Icop earlier said it’s going to broadcast live the observation of the Eid Crescent on Sunday July 27 from Amman in Jordan.
The Icop said that it is going to broadcast on the Internet so that visitors can see the observation process in detail.
“In case the crescent is visible, then the visitor will be the first to see it along with the observers. The technique we are using CCD Imaging. This is a new technology used for crescent sighting,” it said in a statement.
Icop added that CCD imaging is done by taking many photos for the location of the crescent, which can go up to as many as 300 photos. Then these photos are combined into one photo by a dedicated software.
“Afterwards, image processing (contrast tuning) might be needed, and then the crescent could appear. This technique surpasses the naked eye observation and the telescope, as the crescent can be seen at daytime, even if the crescent cannot be seen by naked eye or by the telescopes. Thus, we usually start this kind of observation early morning, and we keep following the crescent until sunset and moonset.
"We leave aside whether this kind of observation is accepted by Shariah (Islamic) point of view or not. We just do a scientific work, and then it is up to the authorities to consider it or not,” Icop said.
People can get more details by visiting the Icop website http://www.icoproject.org/live.html