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Islamic Information

Eid-ul-Fitr 2017 / 1438 AH

Astronomical data and moon sighting probability information is available. It is important that Muslims understand the facts and educate themselves on this subject.


Eid-ul-Fitr 1438 AH


New moon will be born at 2:31 (UT) on Saturday 24th June 2017.


Global scan for Saturday (24th) evening (Click to view in detail):




RED Area: Impossible No Colour: Not Possible Blue: Need Optical Aid Magenta: Could be Seen by Naked Eye Green: Easily Visible by Naked Eye Cyan: Unknown




The rules of the Umm al-Qura calendar system of Saudi Arabia allow for the start of the new Islamic month on the (their) 29th night if:

1. The geocentric conjunction (new moon) occurs before sunset over Mecca. 
2. The moon sets after the sun over Mecca

The moon at sunset in Mecca will be 13 hrs 35 Mins old and will set after 22 minutes. Saudi is expected to announce Eid-ul-Fitr as Sunday 25th June 2017. 

There is only a small chance of the moon being seen with the naked eye east of the UK on the evening Saturday 24th June 2017.


Global scan for Sunday (25th) evening (Click to view in detail):




Muslims and Astronomers from across the world search for the new moon at the start of each Islamic month. Their findings are posted on the Internet on sites such as www.moonsighting.com.


The information gathered for Eid-ul-Fitr can be seen by clicking here.


The moon is not expected to be seen anywhere east of the UK on Saturday 24th June 2017 but will be easily visible the following evening (25th) across much of the world. On this basis Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on Monday 26th June 2017. 

Post Eid-ul-Fitr Update:

Saudi Arabia announced Eid-ul-Fitr as Sunday 25th June despite the moon being too young and too low on the horizon to be seen. Unfortunately some Muslims groups and leaders who normally adhere to confirmed naked eye observations from trusted sources also joined Saudi in a Eid-ul-Fitr of convenience (Sunday 25th).

Moon was not sighted anywhere east of America on Saturday 24th (confirmed by independent observers and astronomers), Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated on Monday 26th June after completing 30 days of Ramadhan,




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