The UAE has called upon all Muslims in the country to sight the crescent moon on Today evening (April 20), which corresponds with Ramadan 29 (1444 AH) in the Islamic calendar.
Sighting of the Shawwal moon would signify the end of the holy month of Ramadan and would also mark the beginning of Eid Al Fitr. The UAE’s moon sighting committee requested anyone who sees the crescent to contact the number 026921166 to be directed to the nearest court to record the testimony.
If the moon is spotted on Today, April 20, Eid will be declared on Friday, April 21. If the moon is not sighted, then April 22 will be the start of Eid. Residents in the UAE will get a four-day or a five-day break, depending on the date the Moon is sighted.
If Eid is on Friday, residents will get a four-day break from Thursday to Sunday (Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3). If on Saturday, the break will be for five days —Thursday to Monday.
A group of 25 astronomy experts from 13 Arab countries have jointly declared that the crescent moon in the month of Shawwal cannot be seen today (April 20, Thursday), with the naked eye in the Arab and Islamic regions.
Astronomers acknowledge that there is currently confusion regarding the sighting of the Eid Al Fitr crescent on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2023, with conflicting opinions on whether it will be visible or not.