Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Committee, made the announcement on Friday night following a virtual meeting in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, the Central Moon (Hilal) Sighting Committees in New Delhi India and Karachi Pakistan are meeting at their respective headquarters to ascertain and confirm the reports of Eid al Fitr moon sighting.
Taking a jibe at the Reut-e-Hilal Committee, the federal minister said, "We are told sighting the moon with spectacles is halal, while sighting it through a telescope is haram".
He further said that in view of coronavirus, hugging should be avoided when greeting others and "Eid Mubarak" should be said only to the extent of voice. For a whole month, many Muslims around the world fasted from dawn till dusk, having had meals only in the form of pre-fast sehri and post-fast iftaar.
According to the Director of Sharia at UMSC, Sheikh Yahaya Ibrahim Kakungulu, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on 24th May after failing to spot the crescent.
Astronomers at the observatory of Majmaah University near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Thursday confirmed that the crescent moon of Shawwal will not be sighted on Friday, Ramadan 29.
The Islamic calendar is based on the moon, unlike the Gregorian calendar followed by the West. Eid-ul-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and though it is not a public holiday in Seychelles, the law stipulates that it is at the discretion of the employers to allow Muslim workers a day off.
"Some will pray Eid prayers in families within their households, and virtual gatherings can be arranged to still connect with loved ones".
This year the Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance on how to celebrate Eid subject to the lockdown measures in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Astronomers from Abu Dhabi's International Astronomical Centre said Eid al-Fitr would most likely fall on May 24.
This afternoon, Canterbury resident Zayed Zaheer organised for the Muslim call to prayer to be played across the city, ahead of Eid.
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