Tuesday 13 April 2021
Cairo – AUC:
Astronomical calculations conducted by the scientists of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research revealed that the first day of the month of Shawwal for the current Hijri year 1442 AH (the first day of the blessed Eid al-Fitr) will fall on Thursday May 13, and the month’s several days will be 29 days.
Dr. Gad Al-Qadi, head of the institute, said – in a statement to the Middle East News Agency today – that the crescent of the month of Shawwal will be born directly at nine oclock in the evening local time in Cairo on Tuesday 29 Ramadan, corresponding to next May 11 (Day of Sight).
He added that the new crescent will not be born at sunset on the day of sighting in all Arab and Islamic capitals and cities, except for Dakar in Senegal, Nouakchott in Mauritania, and Marrakech and Fez in Morocco.
He explained that the moon will set 12 minutes before sunset on the day of sighting in the sky of Mecca and Cairo, and in the rest of the governorates of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the new crescent will set before sunset for that day with periods ranging between 11-14 minutes, and in Arab and Islamic capitals and cities The moon sets before sunset for periods ranging between 3-17 minutes.
The head of the institute confirmed that according to these calculations, it will be on Wednesday 12 May next, which will be the completion of the blessed month of Ramadan.