Saudi Supreme Court to announce start of Eid Friday night

Saudi Supreme Court to announce start of Eid Friday night
Muslims around the globe will be seeking the moon sighting before Eid. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 May 2020

Saudi Supreme Court to announce start of Eid Friday night

Saudi Supreme Court to announce start of Eid Friday night
  • Depending on moon sighting, Eid might start on Saturday or Sunday
  • UAE moon-sighting committee will also be seeking the moon on Friday

DUBAI: The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia asked the Muslim population to seek the new month’s moon on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.
The new moon would signify the start of Shawwal - the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar - the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid Al-Fitr.
The Supreme Court asked all Muslims who see the moon with their own eyes or with special equipment to register the sighting with them or other nearby centers.
UAE’s moon-sighting committee also announced a virtual meeting on Friday to search for the new moon.
Sharia courts in the country will inform the committee if they see anything too.
If the new moon appears on Friday night, then Eid will start on Saturday. Otherwise, it will start after the 30th day of Ramadan, which means on Sunday.


Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 170 new cases

Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 170 new cases
Updated 18 January 2021

Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 170 new cases

Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 170 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 161 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 67

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded six new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,329.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 170 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 365,099 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 1,922 remain active and 317 in critical condition.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 67, followed by Makkah with 38, the Eastern Province with 25, Madinah recorded 22 and Hail confirmed five cases.
The ministry also announced that 161 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 356,848.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 95 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 2 million.