MARAWI CITY: As the new moon crescent did not appear on Monday night, Filipino Muslims will start today (July 6) the celebration of Eid’l Fitr which President Rodrigo Duterte declared as non-working holiday nationwide.
The Regional Darul Ifta in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM), headed by Grand Mufti Abulkhair Tarason, announced on Monday night that the moon was “not sighted” after conducting moon sighting activities in the five provinces of the Muslim region – Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
The group of Muslim clerics then proclaimed that “[Tuesday] is a completion of the holy month of Ramadan since there was no [received]report that had seen the new moon of Shawwal. As such, Eid’l Fitr will be on July 6, 2016.”
The Moonsighting Committee Worldwide (MCW) also corroborated the proclamations and said “the first day of Shawwal 1437 is not on July 5, but is on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.”
Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long Ramadhan fast, is one of two holiest feasts in Islam, aside from the biggest Islamic festivity Eid’l Adha or “Festival of the Sacrifice.”
Local Muslims expressed gratitude on Duterte’s declaration seeing it as “good sign” for the new administration.
In this country’s lone Islamic City, government workers and students would have to observe three days of non-working holidays after Mayor Majul Gandamra proclaimed July 4 and 5 as holidays, in addition to July 6 set by Duterte.