Eid to be celebrated across India on June 16, today in Kerala

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Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, issued a ministerial resolution setting up the Shawwal moon-sighting committee for the current Hijri year 1439 to determine the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

Jama Masjid Shahi Imam made the announcement tonight after a meeting of the moon-sighting committee, a senior official at the city's historic mosque said.

The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

Earlier, Metrological Department of Pakistan stated that there were fewer chances of the Shawal moon being sighted on Thursday.

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-Fitr -a ritual offering- before offering the Eid prayers.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon.

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The holy month officially began on 16th May 2018, and is projected to end on 14th June 2018.

Eid al-Fitr is held at the start of the following month, which is called Shawwal and translates to mean the "festival of breaking the fast".

The crescent of the Shawwal moon has been sighted and Friday is public Eid holiday in Malawi.

"If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Friday, 15th June, 2018 as the first day of Shawwal and the day of 'idul fitr".

In the same vein, they were advised to ensure peaceful coexistence with their compatriots and to pray harder for Nigeria and her leaders, as they celebrate the Eidil-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan. A huge amount of money and food were also donated in the Holy month of Ramadan to help the poor and needy.

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