The crescent Moon that signals the end of the holy month of Ramadan was spotted in the UAE on Thursday evening. The first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023, therefore, is on Friday, April 21. This date also marks the first day of Islamic calendar month Shawwal.
This means UAE residents will get a 4-day break to celebrate the Islamic festival that is marked after a month of fasting. The first long weekend of the year began on Thursday, and offices and schools will resume on Monday, April 24.
Qatar announces Eid Al Fitr 2023 to start on Friday
Qatar’s Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) had called on all Muslims living in the country to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday, Ramadan 29, 1444 AH, corresponding to April 20, 2023.
Eid Al Fitr 2023 announced in Oman; Shawwal crescent not sighted
Oman has announced Saturday, April 22, as the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, after it was not possible to see the Shawwal crescent for the year 1444 AH.
Earlier, Oman had announced Eid Al Fitr holidays for employees in the government and private sector, from Thursday, April 20 to Monday, April 24, 2023, the Oman Observer reported.
Eid Al Fitr 2023 in UAE: Prayer timings announced in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
Muslims offer special congregational prayers on the first day of Eid. Mosques and large open spaces called Eid musallahs host the special prayers shortly after sunrise
- Abu Dhabi: 6.12am
- Al Ain: 6.06am
- Dubai: 6.10am
- Sharjah city: 6.07am
- Al Dhaid: 6.06am
- Madam and Mleiha: 6.07am
Will there be two sermons if Eid falls on Friday?
The special Eid prayer is followed by a sermon. If Eid falls on Friday, mosques will host two sermons: One for Eid and the other for the Jumuah prayers.
According to the Fatwa Council of the UAE, both prayers and sermons will be performed separately.
“The issue of performing Friday prayer if Eid Al Fitr falls on Friday is a controversial matter among Muslim s