Eid Mubarak 2020Sat 23 May 2020
The London Central Mosque, which simply follows Saudia Arabia, has announced that "We are pleased to announce to the whole Muslim Community in the U.K that Sunday 24 May 2020 is the day of Eid’ul Fitr Day, the 1st of Shawwal 1441 Hijri.”
Most people are aware of the fact that the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This means that Eid is decided upon the sighting of moon and therefore it is not practical to pick a date in advance.
The month of Ramadhan can be 29 or 30 days depending on the visibility of the moon.
Muslims throughout the world, look for a moonset just after sunset on the 29th day. If one is visible they will be celebrating Eid on the next day. The question this time was “Will Eid be on Saturday or Sunday?
According to moonsighting.com “The Astronomical New Moon is on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 17:40 Universal Time. On that day there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Therefore Shawwal 1441 cannot start the next day. Hence first day of Shawwal is on Sunday, May 24, 2020, insha'Allah. "
So, the Saudi announcement this time is in line with scientific data. The 4 mosques of Southall will be celebrating Eid on Sunday 24 May 2020, the correct day.
Due to the coronavirus mosques are closed and there will be no Eid salah/prayers in the mosques.
People are urged to pray at home. They are advised to celebrate at home and contact friends and relatives remotely.
Before the Eid prayer, a fitrana (charitable donation) must be given before the end of the month of Ramadan, for the love of Almighty. It is obligatory on every self-supporting adult Muslim who has food in excess of their needs. It is to provide food for the needy. The monetary value (of the food) is approximately £5. This amount needs to be paid for EVERY member of the household.
A lot of (lazy) people leave it to the last minute and hand over the money before the Eid prayers. There is is no way it can reach the poor people in time for Eid.
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