RAMALLAH, August 6, 2013 (WAFA) – A chance that the new moon that will usher in a new month in the Muslim calendar might be seen Tuesday night, which means the end of the month of Ramadan and start of Eid al-Fitr holiday, has caused confusion.
The Saudi high court said the new moon might be seen Tuesday evening instead of Wednesday of Thursday evening as previously expected, which means that the month of Ramadan will be only 28 days rather than 29 or 30 days, as is the case in all the lunar months.
The Muslim Iftaa department in Palestine called on people to follow its directives, explaining that in case the new moon is seen tonight people will be required to fast an additional day to complete at least 29 days of fasting.
It said that it was not possible to see the new month that ushered in the month of Ramadan and therefore a decision was made to start the fast at the end of 30 days of the previous month, Shaban.
Therefore, it may have been possible that Muslims started the fast month a day late and if the new month is born Tuesday night, then Muslims will be required to fast an extra day.
Eid al-Fitr was originally believed to start either on Thursday or Friday and calls were made on people to look for the new month on Wednesday night. If the moon is not seen, then Thursday becomes the last day of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr will start on Friday.
The official Eid al-Fitr holiday starts in Palestine Wednesday and continues through Sunday.
source : WAFA NEWS