MAKKAH: Today, Saturday, is the last day of the fasting month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al-Fitr is tomorrow (August 19).
The Saudi Supreme Court made this decision last night during a meeting at its summer headquarters in Taif province to review all reports of sightings of the new moon, a statement by the Royal Court said.
It said the highest court of the land deemed a complementary day was necessary due to the lack of evidence of sighting of the new moon on Friday night.
As such, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr is tomorrow (August 19).
“Thanks to Allah Almighty and Prayer and Peace be Upon the Prophet who instructed us to fast and breakfast upon sighting the crescent and if it was not visible, you complete your fasting for the 30th day and due to the lack of evidence of sighting the new moon this evening of Friday the 29th of Ramadan of this year 1433 H corresponding to 17/8/2012, the Supreme Court decides that Saturday corresponding to 18/8/2012 is the complementary day of Ramadan 1433 H. and that Sunday corresponding to 1/10/1433 H. according to Ummal Qura calender which falls on the 19th of August 2012 is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr which falls on the first day of Shawal 1433 H.,” said the Supreme Court.
It also took the occasion to congratulate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince and Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Salman, the government and people of Saudi Arabia, expatriates in the kingdom and the entire Islamic Ummah (nation) all over the world “on the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, appealing to Allah Almighty to accept our good deeds and forgive us and ask Allah to bestow the virtue of stability, prosperity and security on all of us, and have Muslims united and reconciled.”
The month of Ramadan started in the kingdom and several other Muslim countries in the Middle East on July 20.