Muslims to celebrate Eid el-Fitr tomorrow

KIGALI - The Rwandan Muslim community will, on Friday, join the rest of the world to celebrate Eid el-Fitr, and the conclusion of Ramadan, the month of fasting. The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheik Saleh Harelimana, told The New Times in an interview last evening that it had been hoped that Eid would be on Thursday after the completion of the 29th days of fasting but it was agreed that all Muslims fast 30 days, making Friday instead the Holy Day.

KIGALI - The Rwandan Muslim community will, on Friday, join the rest of the world to celebrate Eid el-Fitr, and the conclusion of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheik Saleh Harelimana, told The New Times in an interview last evening that it had been hoped that Eid would be on Thursday after the completion of the 29th days of fasting but it was agreed that all Muslims fast 30 days, making Friday instead the Holy Day.

“We agreed with the Supreme Council of Saudi Arabia that we continue fasting for 30 days until the end of Thursday and celebrate Eid el-Fitr on Friday,” the Mufti said.

“I would like to thank the Rwandan Muslim Community for successfully fasting for 29 days so far and there is just one day remaining before we celebrate Eid. I would like to thank them for the good things they did during fasting; caring for the needy and feeding the poor, as well as praying.”

According to scientists, the moon, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will be spotted today, making tomorrow Eid day.

Based on the moon, this year Eid al-Fitr will start in Saudi Arabia, Africa and North America on Friday, September 10, but some countries such as Pakistan will celebrate the day on Saturday.

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