OTTAWA – The Moon Sighting Committee of Canada will meet today (Saturday) for the sighting of Shawwal crescent (Eid Al Fitr 2017 moon) in Ottawa, PakistanTribe.com reported.
Earlier, the Crescent Committee of Canada had predicted that the Eid Al Fitr 2017 is most likely to fall on Sunday, June 25.
“The Crescent Committee of Canada is forecasting Eīd Al Fitr 1st day of Shawwāl 1438, to be on Sunday 25th of June, 2017. Stay tuned! Updates will be posted on our website and social media pages In-Shā Allāh, the committee page stated.”
In either case, it is most probable the Eid 2017 would fall on June 25, 2017, in Canada and the United States.
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), according to astronomical calculation, has already announced that Eid will be celebrated on June 25.
What Do People Do on Eid Al-Fitr?
Just like any Muslim country, people in the United States wake up early and perform Namaz e Eid either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque, in their finest clothes, specially designed (or prepared) for the occasion.
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Muslims embrace each other after the prayers, congratulating of Eid. They decorate their houses, cook special dishes, sweets.
The beauty of Islam is that even on this happy-go-busy day, Muslims do not forget their poor brothers and distribute alms (Fitrah) among them. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
Eid Al Fitr Observances
Note: According to Islamic customs, every month begins with moon sighting. It may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, as the moon sighting begins at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.