Algiers, June 24: Nearly 33 Muslim-majority nations across the globe would attempt to sight the crescent moon of 29th Ramzan, which would mark the end of the month. If the moon is sighted today in North Africa, all Maghreb nations, including Algeria, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco would celebrate Eid-al-Fitr 2017 tomorrow. Stay tuned above for the all the live and latest updates of moon sighting from the above nations.
Maghreb region, heavily dominated by Muslims, houses more number of Sunnis as compared to Shias. The region embraced Ramadan on May 27, along with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf nations.
Algeria, located on northern western font of Africa, would conclude the fast today at 8:11 PM local time. The moon is expected to be sighted around the same period. In Libya, the crescent is expected to be following the sunset at 8:12 PM. In Egypt, the moon would be spotted following the sunset at 7:00 PM, whereas, Morocco expects the moon to be sighted after 7:44 PM. In Lebanon, the crescent sighting expedition would begin after sunset at 7:53 PM.
Eid al-Fitr is the most celebrated festival in North Africa, with over 90 per cent of the population practicing Islam. The holidays would begin from tomorrow if the moon is sighted in the evening.
More than 50 nations in the world, 33 dominated by Muslims, would celebrate the festival of Eid. The day holds special significance for the Islamic world. Before Eid-al-Fitr, the holy month of Ramzan is observed when Muslims fast f5rom dawn to dusk.