The Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha is likely to fall on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in countries which track the crescent moon, according to the chairman of Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP).
Mohammed Shawkat Awda said that as per calculations, countries that strictly follow moon-sighting may begin Dhul Hijjah on Friday, September 26 and hence October 5 would be the first day of Eid Al Adha, reported Emirates 24/7, quoting Al Bayan newspaper.
Awda added that countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey start Dhul Hijjah based on their local moon sightings and do not conform to that of Saudi Arabia.
However, he also said that countries that rely only on the astronomical calculations may observe Eid Al Adha on Saturday, October 4.
The exact dates will be revealed by official moon-sighting committees across the Gulf countries.