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Thursday, July 16, 2015

‘Id al-Fitr Expected to Begin Tomorrow

Today is the 29th or Ramadan; by astronomical calculation ‘Id al-Fitr is expected to begin tomorrow for most countries in the Mideast and the West, though those countries which require  visual sighting of the new moon, or due to time zone differences, may begin a day later and tomorrow will be considered the 30th of Ramadan rather than the 1st of Shawwal. (But there are reports the new moon has been seen in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia already.) It appears most mosques in the US are beginning the ‘Id tomorrow, so let me wish ‘Id Mubarak in advance to my Muslim readers.

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