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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Saudis mistook Saturn for new moon - declared end of Ramadan day early
Saudi Arabia's Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr Angers Muslims Worldwide
News number: 9006110174 15:39 | 2011-09-03

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Jeddah Astronomy Society's mistake in sighting of the new
moon in Saudi Arabia has angered the many Muslim nations who followed suit
and pronounced Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr wrongly.

The society had said that people actually saw the planet Saturn and not the
crescent moon that marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

Hatem Auda, director of the National Institute for Astronomical and
Geophysical Research, had said that astronomical calculations by scientists
of the institute noted that the first day of the Eid was Wednesday, August
31, making Tuesday, August 30 the last day of Ramadan for the Hijri year of

Various news agencies such as Al-Arabiya and Aljazeera have also reported
that the planet Saturn has been mistaken for the Hilal (crescent moon), and
this means that what was announced as the first day of Eid al-Fitr was
supposed to be a day of fasting, rather than celebrations.

According to the Aljazeera report, the source of these problematic
Hilal-sighting is from Sudair, a region located approximately 150km North of
the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The vice-president of Jeddah Astronomy Society reassured that it is
impossible to view the Hilal with the naked eye.

Saudi government officials have reportedly apologized to their nation and
said that they would pay Kaffarah (an amount of money paid as expiation for
breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan) for the entire Saudi

While a number of Muslim countries like Iran announce the new crescent only
on the basis of frequent sightings by the people, astronomy societies and
clerics inside their borders, many others rely on the sightings done by
Saudi Arabia and announcement of the Eid crescent by Riyadh.

Thus, those Muslim nations who have followed the Saudi suit as usual and
celebrated the last Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr are now angry with the Saudis as
Eid al-Fitr is the biggest eve for the worldwide Muslim community.
Saudi Arabia and 14 Arab countries to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday

Arab Capitals, Ramadan 29, 1432, Aug 29, 2011, SPA -- Saudi Arabia and at
least 14 other Arab countries announced they would on Tuesday celebrate the
first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast, which marks the end of the
fasting month of Ramadan.

The Saudi royal court issued a statement to this effect after witnesses
reported to the higher court their sighting of the crescent moon Monday

Fourteen other countries - Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon,
Syria, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates,
Yemen, followed suit in compliance with Islamic

00:31 LOCAL TIME 21:31 GMT

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