Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, has issued a decision setting up a moon-sighting committee chaired by him to confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Committee will hold a meeting after Maghreb prayer on Thursday, 29th of Ramadan, corresponding to July 16th, at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.
The decision called on all the Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.
The Supreme Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia will also meet on Thursday, July 16, to witness the Ramadan crescent.
Muslims in the Middle East, Europe and the US will be anxiously waiting for the announcement of Eid Al Fitr as majority of the Muslims in Western countries follow Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Hijri calendar.