While the new moon was not sighted at Three Anchor Bay on Sunday, the Crescent Observers Society (COS) announced that it was sighted elsewhere in South Africa. This means Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, which is the 1st Shawaal 1435.
‘Die Maankykers’ spent over an hour observing the moon and deliberated with counterparts across the country in making the decision. Crowds of onlookers milled around the lawns at the viewing point, waiting nervously for the announcement.
“We had serious deliberations with the Jamiat Ulama in Gauteng, Natal, Mpumalanga and elsewhere. We had a tough discussion taking into discussion a number of factors,” COS Hakim Sheikh Siraj Hendricks.
“We have not sighted the moon here. But we have had major conference and 26 people have sighted the moon around the country. We declare that tomorrow is Eid ul Fitr.”
The crowd at Three Anchor Bay burst into jubilation shortly after the announcement, ending hours of speculation and anticipation. VOC