Summary: Hyderabad: The Moon of "Shawwal" has been sighted in Hyderabad.
The name translates as "the festival of breaking the fast" as during the month of Ramadan, Muslims perform one of the five pillars of Islam: the fast.
Thousands of believers joined early Sunday the celebrations and Eid prayers organized in the capital's main square where they exchanged greetings and shared joy, emotions of this great day, local media reported.
A woman begs as Muslim worshippers gather to pray at the Syrian Mosque in Lagos, during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, on July 6, 2016. Eid is the most important festival that marks the end of Ramzan month and a start of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
Moon Sighting Committees and religious authorities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunie, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have also declared Sunday June 25 as the first day of Eid.
Eid al-Fitr closes out the month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims abstain from food and water from dawn till dusk.
In a statement, Sonowal wished happiness and prosperity to the people saying that Eid-ul-Fitr symbolises amity, fraternity and harmony. The Islamic calendar originated when Prophet Mohammat migrated from Mecca to Medina (Hijri) in 622 AD.
Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Pakistan has also announced the same; this means that in subcontinent first Ramadan will be celebrated on Sunday.
The discrepancy in Kerala has brought into focus a long-standing debate among some Muslims about whether Eid should be celebrated after the moon is sighted or determined by making astronomical calculations in advance.