MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, ABU DHABI—The International Astronomy Center, based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced that the start of Shawwal will likely be on Friday, April 21, the first day of Eid al-Fitr. The date is similar to the declaration of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah on Eid al-Fitr
According to Emirates 24/5, the crescent of Shawwal will likely be visible in the Middle East on Thursday, April 20, marking the end of Ramadan. Added by Gulf News and Sindo News, although it’s likely that some Islamic countries may be able to see the crescent, it may not be possible to see it with the unaided eye or a telescope from all of Asia and Australia.
“Most Islamic countries are expected to sight the crescent of Shawwal on Thursday, April 20. They may declare the beginning of Shawwal the following day, making Friday, April 21, the first day of Eid Al Fitr,” wrote UAEBARQ reported by Arab News on Thursday (7/4).
The Indonesian government, meanwhile, adheres to the standards set by the MABIMS (Minister of Religious Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore). According to the MABIMS criteria, there are quite likely 30 days of Ramadan, making the first of Shawwal 1444 H on Saturday, April 22, 2023.