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The UAE Moon-sighting Committee has announced that Sunday May 24 will mark the beginning of Eid Al Fitr in the UAE.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is set to meet today to sight the moon but it is expected that they will declare Eid on Monday.

As of now, there is no report of moon sighting from any part of the three countries. He also shared the link to "The Ruet" app on Twitter.

He says people can still celebrate Eid and share the joy with their families, but they must follow the COVID-19 restrictions in place at all times. "The science and scientific equipment could assist the process of moon sighting", the minister said.

He further said that in view of coronavirus, hugging should be avoided when greeting others and "Eid Mubarak" should be said only to the extent of voice. Therefore, Saturday May 23, is the 30th day of Ramadan 1441AH.

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He added that, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Eid-ul-Fitr should be celebrated in the country tomorrow.

"A statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said 'this year's Eid-el Fitr prayers would not hold on Eid-grounds across the FCT".

"We recommend that the community tune in to their radio or television on Saturday evening to learn whether the moon for Shawaal has been sighted and which day Eid ul-Fitr will be".

Eid Al-Fitr is one of the two religious holidays in Islam, along with Eid Al-Adha, which falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

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Families were expected to recite the tarawih prayers at home.

This Eid will be quite different as many Muslims around the world are confined to their homes following the outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown in place around the world.

This year Muslims are encouraged to celebrate from home, however, there is still option to keep in touch with friends and family.

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