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Moon Not Sighted in India & Bangladesh, Eid-ul-Fitr to be Observed on Thursday

The Shawwal moon, which signals the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of Eidul Fitr, was not sighted in both India and Bangladesh. As a result, both countries have decided to celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday, April 11.

In Bangladesh, the National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision to celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday after receiving no reports of the moon sighting from any part of the country. This decision means that the fasting month of Ramadan will last for a full 30 days in Bangladesh this year.

The longer duration of Ramadan is considered significant and is welcomed by many in the Muslim community as it allows for more time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and acts of worship.

In India, the Markazi Chand Committee Eidgah in Lucknow confirmed that the crescent moon was not sighted across the country. As a result, Muslims in India will observe another day of fasting on Wednesday and will celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday, April 11.

This announcement was made to ensure that Eidul Fitr is celebrated in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar, which relies on the sighting of the new moon.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is continuing its meetings along with zonal committees in various cities to sight the Shawwal moon.

The committee is actively engaged in the traditional practice of moon sighting to determine the exact date for Eidul Fitr. The sighting of the new moon is an important event in the Islamic calendar as it marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal.

The celebration of Eidul Fitr is a joyous occasion for Muslims around the world, as it marks the conclusion of a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection.

It is a time for families and friends to come together, exchange gifts, and share meals to celebrate the end of Ramadan and to express gratitude for the blessings received during the holy month.

The decision to celebrate Eidul Fitr on Thursday in both India and Bangladesh due to the non-sighting of the Shawwal moon highlights the diversity of moon sighting traditions within the Muslim community.

It emphasizes the significance of following the Islamic lunar calendar for religious observances and underlines the importance of unity and shared religious practices among Muslims worldwide during this special time.


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