A study conducted by the Pew Research Institute in 2017 revealed that more than 3 million Muslims reside in the United States.
Just like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, American Muslims will observe Eid Al Fitr on Friday, April 21. This was announced by the Fiqh Council of North America in a previous publication, where they emphasized that the Astronomical New Moon falls on Thursday, April 20. The council explained that on April 20, the elongation measures more than 8 degrees, and the moon is more than 5 degrees above the sun throughout North America. Therefore, the first day of Shawaal is on Friday, April 21, 2023.
Shawwal, the final month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar, is marked by Eid Al Fitr, which falls on Friday in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Egypt. However, in Morocco, Eid is celebrated on Saturday, which means that they have completed a full 30 days of fasting, unlike other countries that observe only 29 days. Muslims in the US, like their counterparts worldwide, attend Eid prayers and listen to the sermon given by their mosque’s imam.
During the celebration, Muslims put on their best outfits and often visit and exchange presents with one another. As of April 2017, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute showed that the United States has more than 3 million Muslims of various ages. According to the same survey, Muslims make up approximately 1% of the entire US population.