Grand Mufti calls for sighting the Shawwal crescent on Thursday


Published: 2018-06-10 13:27

Last Updated: 2021-06-21 06:19

Eid Al Fitr holiday spans June 15-18, 2018. (IBTimes)
Eid Al Fitr holiday spans June 15-18, 2018. (IBTimes)

The Grand Mufti of Jordan, Mohammad Khalaileh, has urged people all across the country to participate in the sighting of the new moon (hilal) on Thursday, June 14, 2018, and report it to the nearest office of the General Iftaa' Department.

Thursday will mark the 29th and final day of Ramadan if the crescent is seen, ushering the beginning of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the lunar calendar.

Muslims declare the start and the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in accordance to the new moon, which is spotted at sunset of the preceding day.

The government has already declared that the four-day Eid Al Fitr holiday will start on Friday, June 15, 2018. Most  governmental institutions will be closed but you will be able to renew your passport as the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD) will be operating its airport and Tabarbour branches.