The sighting of the moon heralds the beginning and end of the holy month of Ramadan. As indicated in the story below, Saudi Arabia authorities confirmed Friday as the Eidul-fitr prayer but the question that needs to be asked is whether Gambians will be accorded the space and climate to join the Muslim world in marking the end of fasting. This is a country where the President had over and over meddled his finger into everything, including the religion. President Yahya Jammeh’s government has tortured and punished people, particularly religious leaders for defying his order. Was it not last year that Sheikh Muhideen Hydara [Caliph General of Darsilameh Sanghajor] and Alkalo were arrested, detained and slapped with trump up chsrges for observing the Eid prayer? They men who later walked home free were charged with disobeying the President’s order.
It is a question of wait-and-see whether the Supreme Islam Council will go along with the Muslim world or their anointed Nasir deen Jammeh.
Kairo News and Radio wish all Muslims Bappy and Blessed Eid.
Read this Al Arabia story about the Eid prayer.
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced Friday as the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday after sighting a new moon, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
For Muslims, the Eid al-Fitr celebration begins after the fasting month of Ramadan ends. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring the faithful closer to God.
Eid al-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world.
Muslims in the UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday, while Muslims in other nations such as Iraq and Bangladesh will observe the holiday on Saturday.