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The sun has set, and it’s time to look for the moon. If you see it, it’s Eid tomorrow. 


UPDATE | 9:10pm

Eid prayers will be held at some 265 mosques and prayer areas around Qatar at 5:20am. Awqaf has posted a list of locations, which you can see here (Arabic).

UPDATE | 8pm

Both Qatar Television and Al Rayyan have now broadcast the news that Eid will start on Thursday.

The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs also tweeted out best wishes to Qatar’s residents at the start of the holiday:

Eid mubarak!

For those observing the morning prayer, it will be at 5:20am tomorrow at over 200 mosques and Eid grounds. To plan out what to do this holiday, check our Eid guide.


UPDATE | 7:45pm

Tomorrow will be the first day of Eid in Qatar, Al Rayyan TV has confirmed.


UPDATE | 7:01pm

Saudi Arabia next door has declared that Eid al-Fitr begins tomorrow, Thursday, August 8, 2013. 

Saudi scholar Mohamed Al Arefe tweeted out a picture of the moon, spotted before the sun set.

We’ll wait for Qatar’s official announcement, but it looks likely that Eid will be tomorrow…

(via @yacine_hichri, @jawaheralthani)


We’re expecting an announcement around 8pm. As soon as we know if it’s declared (or not), we’ll let you know.

Credit: Photo by Omar Chatriwala

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Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has announced that Ramadan fasting will begin on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, corresponding with the Islamic calendar year 1434 A.H.

The month officially begins at sunset tomorrow with nighttime taraweeh prayers being held at most of Qatar’s mosques. The first fast will be Wednesday, and that is when shortened hours, a ban on public eating and drinking during daylight, and other changes will begin. 

Saudi Arabia’s High Judiciary Council also ruled that Shabaan would continue for one more day as there were no confirmed sightings of the moon tonight.

For more on Ramadan, read: 8 things to know about Ramadan in Qatar