The International Astronomy Center expected that the date of the blessed Eid al-Fitr in most Islamic countries will be on Thursday, May 13th, while the holiday will be in the Sultanate of Oman on Friday, May 14, according to astronomical predictions.
The date of Eid al-Fitr
In this context, Engineer Muhammad Shawkat Odeh, Director of the International Astronomy Center, indicated in press statements that most Islamic countries are investigating Hilal Al-Eid on Tuesday, May 11, while other countries began the month of Ramadan on Wednesday April 14.
Accordingly, these countries will investigate the crescent of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, May 12, including many non-Arab Islamic African countries, so that Eid al-Fitr in these countries will be either on Thursday or Friday.
(Odeh) indicated that for the countries that will investigate the crescent on Tuesday, May 11, seeing the crescent on that day is impossible from all countries of the Islamic world because of the setting of the moon before the sun and because of the conjunction that “crescent is born” after sunset. Ramadan is 30 days and the date of Eid al-Fitr is Thursday May 13th.
He also pointed out that for countries that will investigate the crescent of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, May 12, seeing the crescent on that day is possible using telescopes from the east of the Islamic world and Arab countries in Asia and Europe.
While seeing the crescent is possible with the naked eye with difficulty from most of the continent of Africa, Canada and South America.
And seeing the crescent is also possible today with the naked eye easily from most of the United States, Central America and northern South America.
Therefore, it is expected that the date of Eid al-Fitr in most of these countries will be on Thursday May 13th as well, while it may be Friday, May 14 in some of them.
The date of Eid al-Fitr in the Sultanate of Oman
An astronomical report revealed the date of the first day of Eid al-Fitr 2021 in the Sultanate of Oman, in a difference from the rest of the Arab and Islamic countries, according to astronomical calculations to investigate the crescent of the month of Shawwal for this year.
The astronomical report confirmed that the date of Eid al-Fitr 2021 in the Sultanate of Oman will be on Friday, May 14th, unlike many Arab and Islamic countries.
The reason for not holding Eid al-Fitr prayer in the Sultanate of Oman
The Sultanate of Oman became the first Arab country to announce that the Eid Al-Fitr prayer would not be held.
The Supreme Committee to Combat Coronavirus in the Sultanate of Oman decided not to hold Eid al-Fitr prayers and prevent gatherings and celebrations of all kinds in various locations, including beaches, parks and public gardens, during the days of Eid.
The committee attributed this decision to “protecting society from this epidemic and its great health risks.”
In this regard, the committee also issued a decision to “suspend the attendance of employees to their workplaces, and to adopt a remote work system from 9 to 11 May.”
Continuation of the decision to ban all commercial activities
It also decided, “The decision to ban all commercial activities and to prevent the movement of individuals and vehicles from nine o’clock (Sunday) until four o’clock in the morning of May 8 (local time) will continue in all governorates of the Sultanate (11).”
However, food stores, gas stations, health institutions and pharmacies will be excluded. The authorities will also allow home delivery services for all goods during the ban period.
The Sultanate of Oman faces Corona with precautionary measures
In addition, the Supreme Committee for Confronting the Coronavirus indicated that it is in a permanent session, and that it is continuously reviewing its decisions according to developments in the epidemiological situation.
It is noteworthy that during the holy month of Ramadan, Arab countries, including the Sultanate of Oman, announced that Tarawih prayers would not be held.
The Sultanate of Oman is the first Gulf country to announce that the sighting of the Ramadan crescent has not been proven
The Sultanate of Oman had contradicted the rest of the Gulf states, which announced the Crescent Ramadan survey, which was announced on Tuesday, and Oman announced it on Wednesday.
According to what Omani TV said, during the investigation of the crescent for this year, and according to what the astronomical reports indicated, the moon was in the conjunction phase on Monday at 6:30 in the morning.
And the moon descended at six o’clock 47 minutes in the evening, and the sun set at six o’clock 27 minutes in the evening.
He explained that the Omani authorities have not received any reports about seeing the crescent moon of the blessed month, to be the complementary Tuesday of the month of Sha`ban, and Wednesday the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
The Omani Ministry of Endowments published a statement on its platforms on the communication sites, confirming that the sighting of the Crescent for this year has not been proven, on Monday.
Many Omani tweeters at the time criticized the abuse of some on the communication sites in the Arab world, to the Sultanate of Oman for violating the survey of the sighting of the Ramadan crescent and announcing it, on Wednesday, the first day of the holy month, unlike the rest of the Gulf countries.
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