India: Muslims in India today will look for the Shawwal crescent moon that will mark the beginning Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. This year, it likely to be celebrated on May 13 and will continue till the evening of May 14. The Moon sighting committees will make an attempt today to sight the Shawwal crescent moon tonight. The Moon is likely to be sighted tonight. Also Read - WTC Final: Time Has Come For Ravichandran Ashwin to Win India a Game in Foreign Conditions - Sanjay Manjrekar

The crescent moon is first seen in Saudi Arabia and it is only after that the rest of the world celebrates the festival. Hence, the date of Eid varies from country to country. The people in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will celebrate Eid on May 13. Also Read - WTC Final: You Have to Show Patience And Discipline - VVS Laxman on Rishabh Pant's Dismissal

Unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West, the Islamic calendar is lunar that is, based on the moon. Since lunar months are shorter than solar months, Muslims month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic year, occurs approximately 11 days earlier every year depending on when the moon is sighted. It varies from country to country by about a day. Also Read - India vs New Zealand WTC Final: Dinesh Karthik Provides Southampton Weather Update For Day 3

The festive day begins by offering Eid prayer at the mosque, this time at home. The Islamic prayer, known as salat, comprises of two units of prayer known as rakats along with six incarnations. The Eid prayer is followed by the sermon after which Muslims ask for Allah’s forgiveness, mercy, peace, and blessings for all living beings across the world. Usually, the prayer is performed in an assembly but this time, family members might offer it in unison or individually. This is done by raising the hands to the ears while saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ which means God is the greatest.

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    Eid-Ul-Fitr Will Be Celebrated on May 14

    Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid (Delhi) Syed Ahmed Bukhari announced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 14 (Friday). Crescent Moon not sighted in India.

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    Eid in Maharashtra:

    The coordinator of Jalna’s Holy Quran Centre, Abdul Hafiz said that meetings and gatherings during this Eid-ul-Fitr is a distant dream considering the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state. Maulana Sohel, president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Arshad Mandi faction), Marathwada unit, told PTI, “Amid distress, fear, and
    worry, we have to celebrate the Eid at home this year.” The Maharashtra government has already put guidelines and people have been advised to celebrate Eid in a safe and simple way. Processions and gatherings for prayers are not allowed.

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    Eid on May 14:

    As per Maulana Khalid Rasheed of Markazi Chand Committee Farangi Mahali in Lucknow, the crescent moon is not sighted. Hence, May 13 will be the last day of Ramadan and Eid-Ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 14

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    Eid in Telangana:
    The state government of Telangana issued orders that no religious gatherings or congregations will be permitted. All places of worship will remain closed starting Wednesday. The state government announced a 10-day lockdown. Just like last year, there will be no Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in the mosques.
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    Eid in Lucknow:

    Shahi Imam-E-Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed said, “Eid-ul-Fitr should be celebrated with simplicity. People should stay inside their homes and follow all Covid-19 protocols which have been imposed for our own safety. People are requested to abide by all guidelines. People should not go out and meet others. They should congratulate each other through social media platforms. Only five people living in the mosque will offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. At the same time, pray for the elimination of this disease (coronavirus) after Namaz.”

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    Bengal Imams Association
    on Eid Prayers:

    Mohammed Yahiya, Bengal Imams Association Chairman said, “As the entire healthcare system in the country is under severe stress due to the emerging situation, we should be careful not to allow assembly of people during prayers. If we can exercise restraint and follow every necessary restriction required to stop the spread, we will avert the third wave.”

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