Daily Archives: June 9, 2018

Palestinians converge on Aqsa for Ramadan’s last Friday

Jerusalem,Thousands of Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem — and from Arab towns inside Israel — converged on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Religious Affairs Authority, told Anadolu Agency that as many as 280,000 worshippers attended Friday prayers at the iconic mosque. Only men over 40 and children under 13 — along with women of all ages — were allowed by the Israeli army to enter East Jerusalem without entry permits.

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, were banned — for the fourth consecutive week — from attending prayers at Al-Aqsa. The Israeli authorities stepped up security in and around the flashpoint religious site, deploying hundreds of police and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the unified capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state — a move never recognized by the international community.

International law continues to view the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Friday, 15th June, expected to be the first day of Eid Al Fitr in most countries: IAC

Abu Dhabi, The Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomical Center (IAC) said that the start of the month of Shawwal is expected to be on Friday, 15th June, in most Islamic countries, depending on the condition of the crescent moon on Thursday, 14th June.

It added that on this day, the crescent can only be seen through a telescope from the east and southeast of Asia and Europe while it can be seen with the naked eye with difficulty from all Arab countries, except in the far west.

The IAC noted that most Islamic countries will look out for the Shawwal crescent to mark first day of Eid Al Fitr, on 14th June. On this day, the crescent can be seen from all Islamic countries with the naked eye or through a telescope if the sky is clear. Therefore, Friday, 15th June, is expected to be the first day of Eid Al Fitr in most countries.

The crescent will rise on that day 54 minutes after sunset in Nouakchott, 49 minutes in Rabat, 46 minutes in Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algeria, 45 minutes in Djibouti and Tunisia, 44 minutes in Sanaa, 43 minutes in Cairo, 42 minutes in Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem, 41 minutes in Beirut, Damascus, Manama and Abu Dhabi, and 40 minutes in Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat.

Source: International Islamic News Agency