News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Sun 1 May 2022
The Ministry of Religious Affairs will announce on Sunday evening whether the first day of the month of Syawal, which marks the celebration of Idul Fitri, will fall on Monday.
The ministry will organize a isbat (confirmation) meeting from 6 p.m. Jakarta time to announce whether the month of Ramadan ends on Sunday.
The meeting will bring together representatives of the Indonesian Ulema Council (UIM), Islamic organizations, the House of Representatives, ambassadors of partner countries and relevant ministries and government institutions.
Muhammadiyah, the second largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, has set the date for Idul Fitri on Monday.
Muhammadiyah relies on hisabor astronomical calculations, to determine Ramadan and Idul Fitri each year, while the government uses a method that combines astronomical calculations with old-fashioned observation of the moon, called rukyah. the rukyah method is also adopted by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic group in the country.
the isbat meeting will be preceded by presentations on the position of Hi [crescent moon] of the earth.
For years, Muhammadiyah had set different dates for both the start of the month of fasting and for Idul Fitri.
Saudi Arabia has announced that Idul Fitri will kick off in that country on Monday. The other Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, also made similar announcements. (dre)