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Insha-Allah, Jumada II 1434 Hilal will be easily visible in the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2013 (30th day of Jumada I).

On 10th April not only the moon's age (13-17 hours in N. America) but also its angle (6-9 degrees) and its altitude (6-7 degrees) are below the visibility threshold (anywhere in the world).

1343 Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

As usual, predictions about the beginning of coming Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr (1434) are popping up. As the Muslims have yet to agree on the minimum Lunar Visibility criterion the predictions differ by as much as 3-4 days. Here is one (though Ramadan Hilal will not be seen in many countries in the northern hemisphere including Egypt, Turkey, all of Europe and Canada on July 9.

Ramadan to begin on July 10, Eid Al Fitr on August 9, Sharjah Planetarium announces Posted on March 19, 2013

UAE, Mar 18 (TruthDive): The Sharjah Planetarium at the UAE Department of Culture and Information has on Monday announced that the first day of the Islamic holy month Ramadan in 2013 will be July 10 and August 9 will astronomically be the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month in the lunar Islamic calendar, as well as the first day of the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

The Planetarium mentioned that the crescent moon of Ramadan will appear on July 8 at 11:14 and set at 19:08. This would be just five minutes before the sunset. The crescent moon would appear on July 9th evening and thus, Ramadan will begin the next day.

After the start of Ramadan, Muslims would not be eating during daylight hours, as well as staying back from smoking and any sexual relations. Food is usually shared with a poor family during Ramadan. After a 30-day fast, Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) is observed, when there is much feasting and celebration.

Muslims believe that the body is cleansed by fasting and the practice makes them feel the suffering of the poor. Starting from the age 12, all Muslims take part in the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fast that is the hallmark of Ramadan.

The date for Eid was also announced by planetarium. The statement said that the crescent moon of Shawwal will appear on August 7 at 12.51 am and set with the sunset, making it hard to be observed, and hence complete the last day of Ramadan (30 days). So Friday, August 9, will be the first day of Shawwal and the first day of Eid Al Fitr, it said.