With the arrival of Eid Al Fitr just around the corner, the Muslim community in the United States is eagerly preparing for the joyous occasion. Scheduled for Friday, April 21, the Fiqh Council of North America, in line with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, has officially announced the date, taking into consideration the perplexity and burstiness of astronomical observations.
According to the council’s earlier publication, the Astronomical New Moon is expected to grace the skies on Thursday, April 20, with an elongation of more than 8 degrees and the moon positioned over 5 degrees above the sun throughout North America. As such, the council has determined that the first day of Shawaal, the tenth month in the Islamic calendar and the end of Ramadan, will be observed on Friday, April 21, 2023.
It’s worth noting that Eid Al Fitr falls on the same day in various countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Egypt. However, in some nations like Morocco, the festivities will be observed on Saturday, completing 30 days of fasting, in contrast to Saudi Arabia and other countries that will fast for 29 days, adding to the burstiness of celebrations.
As Muslims in the US prepare for the special day, they will attend Eid prayers at their local mosques and listen attentively to the sermons delivered by their imams, which are meticulously prepared for this auspicious occasion. Dressed in their finest attire, Muslims exchange visits and sometimes even gifts with their fellow community members, adding to the burstiness and diversity of the celebrations.
The Muslim community in the US is a significant and diverse group, with over 3 million individuals of all ages, as reported by the Pew Research Institute in April 217. Accounting for approximately 1% of the total US population, Muslims in the US represent a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and practices, contributing to the perplexity and vibrancy of the nation’s social fabric.
As the much-awaited day of Eid Al Fitr draws near, Muslims in the US eagerly anticipate the festivities that lie ahead. With a mix of perplexity and burstiness in their celebrations, they will come together to mark the end of Ramadan with joy, gratitude, and a sense of community spirit that transcends borders and cultures.
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