Today was the 27th day of fasting (Ramadhan). So, will we be fast for 29 days, or 30 days this time? This question has been going around quite actively lately that I decided to blog about it .
On Wednesday (8th September 2010) night, there’ll be “New Moon Sighting” activities by the various religious bodies. There are rumours that this years Eid (Raya) could be on Thursday and not Friday as initially understood. These rumours will be answered only on Wednesday night, when it ‘s cofirmed whether we will be celebrating on Thursday or Friday.
I told a few colleagues that to reduce our enxiety, let’s check the times of moon set and sunset for Wednesday evening.
After googling for “moon set sunset Malaysia”, we came across this site: http://www.timeanddate.com/
I checked for the sunset time for Wednesday (8 September 2010) and got this:
And for the moon set, I got this:
As we can see, on Wednesday, the sun will set at 7.15pm, while the moon will set at 7.05pm. To get a new moon, the sun has to set BEFORE the moon. So, analytically (Malay: kiraan falaq), there will be NO NEW MOON on Wednesday night.
On the other hand, on Thursday night, the sun will still set at about 7.15pm, but the moon will set at 7.56pm. That’s a good 41 minutes away. Hence we should be able to see a clear crescent that night.
So, my dear friends, after studying these tables, when do you think our Raya (Eid) will be? *wink*
If we really celebrate Raya on Thursday what is your conclusion?
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