Muslims to gather for moon sighting this evening

If the new moon is sighted with the naked eye, Muslims will celebrate Eid tomorrow.

The new Crescent moon is seen above the Margala Hills to mark the beginning of the of the Islamic holy month of Ramadaan in Islamabad on 6 June 2016. Picture: Aamir Qureshi/AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Muslims will gather at various points across Southern Africa this evening, in hopes of sighting the new crescent moon, which will bring an end to the holy month of Ramadan.

In Cape Town, thousands of Muslims are expected to gather at Three Anchor Bay at sunset.

If the new moon is sighted with the naked eye, Muslims will celebrate Eid tomorrow, bringing an end to 29 days of fasting.

The Muslim Judicial Council's Abdul Gharlick Allie said: "The crescent is going to be about 30 hours old and they hope to see the crescent which will determine the end of the month of Ramadaan."

Allie says it's a joyous time for Muslims.

"The Muslim community will come together and they'll go out in search for this wonderful opportunity to see the new crescent with the naked eye. It will bring in the new lunar month, culminating into the day of celebration, Eid al-Fitr."