New Delhi, June 14: Muslims living in New Delhi, Patna, Srinagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Assam, Hyderabad, Telangana, Mumbai and other parts of the state will attempt the sighting of the crescent moon today as 29 days of Ramadan have been completed across India, except Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal.
The decision will be awaited after the Hilal Committee comes to any decision on moon sighting. If the moon is sighted today then the festival would be celebrated on Friday and there are chances that regional disparities may be there due to geographical locations.
Also, there will be no attempt made by the officials to spot the moon in Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal where Ramadan began a day after the rest of India. Muslims living in the three states will attempt the sighting of the moon from tomorrow.
Across India, differences on sectarian lines could also be seen related to the dates of Eid celebration. As seen last month, the first day of Ramazan in Mumbai and the adjoining areas of Maharashtra state was observed by the Shia and Ahle Hadess sects on May 17. However, the two major groups – Barelvi and Deobandi – decided to observe the fasts from May 18.
In order to maintain accuracy and take all speculations into account, the Hilal committees have appealed the locals to come up with testament if they spot the moon in their respective regions.
The festival remains one of the biggest in India due to a large number of Muslim population living in the nation.
Also, the anouncement from Grand Mosque in Mecca remains keenly awaited by the respective Hilal Committees in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Algeria and Tunisia.