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Eid ul-Fitr 2012 is expected to be on either Saturday 18th of August or on Sunday 19th of August 2012. This is dependant upon the sighting of the New Moon. Please revisit us again on the evening of Friday 17th of August after 6 PM GMT for when the date for Eid 2012 will be announced.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), taught us to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) which marks the beginning of the month and the start of Eid ul-Fitr. Muslims follow the Islamic Lunar Calendar to determine such events.
There are a lot of websites declaring the date for Eid ul-Fitr already based on calculations and estimates. This leads people onto believe the date for Eid ul-Fitr has been confrmed when it is not the case. A lot of people are forgetting the tradition and Sunnah taught by our prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Yes we can calculate such events to give us an indication, but we should not write it in stone before the sighting is actually confirmed. We need to follow the Quran and Sunnah, the tradition of our beloved prophet (pbuh) - that is to sight the moon before declaring Eid ul-Fitr.