May 22, 2023

The Saudi astronomer, Muhammad bin Rada Al-Thaqafi, confirmed this evening, Thursday, that the crescent of the month of Shawwal was born astronomically, and therefore, tomorrow, Friday, is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, according to astronomical data.

Al-Thaqafi, a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, and a member of the Afaq Association for Astronomy in Taif, said: “At 7:12 am Mecca time, the crescent of the month of Shawwal was born astronomically, according to the standards of the moon’s houses, indicating that it will set after sunset this evening. Thursday is 11 hours old, 5.4 degrees high, 6.35 degrees elongation, and close to the twilight of the sun, which is difficult to see in most observatories.

The astronomer also expected to see the crescent of Shawwal from the “Tamir or Sudair” observatories in such cases to see the crescent near the twilight of the sun, provided that the horizon is clear to them from obscuring clouds or other factors.

Al-Thaqafi indicated that in light of these data, the declaration of the month remains in the event that the witnesses prove it to the Supreme Court committees, as it is the official authority authorized to do so.

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