Bringing the Muslims to the Same Day Eid in UK: Letting Royal Observatory in Greenwich Decide

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Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  The electronic watches decide the time for prayers and observatories can decide the day of Eid.  The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles to overcome sectarian divide among the Muslims

Al Hijra, Ramadan and the Islamic calendar: Eid 2019

Source: Royal Observatory website

Observations of the Moon determine the timing of the Islamic year Al Hijra and its months including the holy month of Ramadan. Find out the dates here.

The date for Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) and the start of each new Islamic month depend on the sighting of the new crescent Moon. On 4 June 2019, we will broadcast a live moonsighting on Facebook to mark the end of Ramadan with Royal Observatory Astronomers Brendan Owens, Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder, Tom Kerss and guest amateur astronomer, Imad Ahmed, from The New Crescent Society.

Tune in to get the best tips for moonsighting, and have your questions about the Moon answered live by astronomers. The live starts at 21:20 BST.

Go to Facebook to see

Suggested reading

Why Muslims celebrate Eid on different days

Non-Sectarian Islam: The Proportionate Faith

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Kaaba.  The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: I believe that all of us look at the watch and don’t call the local or regional Imam to find out, if it is time for Salat or not. Likewise, if most of the enlightened Muslims start calling the national observatory for the Eid day, the others with a fundamentalist strain or other agenda will simply gradually follow over time.

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3 replies

  1. That would be great. So far I was not ‘pushing’ for school free or work free day on Eid, because it is too difficult and embarrassing to explain why some should have the day off today and others tomorrow (or the day after).

  2. Thanks brother Rafiq for your pragmatic input.

    I believe that all of us look at the watch and don’t call the local or regional Imam to find out, if it is time for Salat or not. Likewise, if most of the enlightened Muslims start calling the national observatory for the Eid day, the others with a fundamentalist strain or other agenda will simply gradually follow over time.

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