Eidul Fitr is expected to fall on June 5 (Wednesday) in Pakistan, according to the prediction made by the International Astronomical Centre’s (IAC) this week.
It also forecast the start of Eid for most of the Muslim countries.
The sighting of the crescent would be impossible from all the continents on June 3 (Monday) because the moon on that day sets before sunset and/or the topocentric conjunction occurs after the sunset, Khaleej Times reported while quoting the IAC official website.
According to the IAC, it would be possible to sight the moon only with a telescope in some western parts of the Americas on June 3.
Eye sighting of the moon would be possible in most Arab nations, Asia, Africa, and part of Australia on June 4 (Tuesday).
It is impossible to see the crescent from the areas located under the red colour. The crescent is expected to be seen by optical aid only from the areas located under blue and magenta colour.
Countries that started Ramazan May 6 are supposed to complete 30 days of fasting by June 4, the IAC stated.
Regarding countries that started Ramazan May 7 – including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Brunei, Iran, Oman, and Morocco – will complete 29 days of fasting. They will be able to spot the crescent on June 4, making June 5 (Wednesday) the first day of Eidul Fitr, according to the IAC.
The article originally appeared in Khaleej Times