The Islamic Crescents' Observation Project (ICOP) has announced that, astronomically, Friday September 10 will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr in most of the Islamic countries.
In a statement reported by UAE news agency WAM, the ICOP stated that the majority of Islamic countries started Ramadan on Wednesday, August 11. Consequently, the 29th day of Ramadan will fall on Wednesday, September 8.
On this day sighting of the crescent from Asia, Africa and Europe is impossible as the moon will set before sunset. Therefore, the group said, these countries should complete the 30-day month of Ramadan and Eid will be on Friday, September 10, 2010.
The ICOP was established in 1998 as a global project. Its primary aim is to gather information about the crescent observations at the start of each Islamic lunar month in different countries and regions through out the world.