RIYADH 23 August 2017: The Saudi Supreme Court announced in a statement here on Tuesday night that Wednesday will be the first day of the month of Zul Hijjah.
Accordingly, the attendance at the Mount of Arafat, the peak and main pillar of Haj ritual, falls on Thursday the 9th day of Zul Hijjah, corresponding to 31st August and Eid Al Adha will fall the next day following Arafat Day corresponding to 1st September.
RIYADH 22 August 2017: The Zul Hijjah crescent moon has not been sighted on Monday evening, the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia announced in a statement on Monday.
The court will meet again on Tuesday to issue a decision regarding the moon sighting, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the statement as saying.
DUBAI: When will the customary Haj and the festivities of Eid Al Adha start is the question foremost in the minds of the residents of the UAE, the GCC and the global Muslim community.
And, how many days of holidays will be declared in the UAE, is the consequential query.
The answers to both may be answered today at dusk – all you need to do is look out for the sliver of the new moon and report it to relevant authorities.
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the crescent of Dhu Al Hijjah month, 1438 AH, on Monday evening, 29th of the month of Dhu-al-Qa’dah, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
According to the agency, the Supreme Court said in its announcement that whoever sees the crescent of the month of Dhu Al Hijjah by the naked eye or via binoculars to report to the nearest court and register their testimony or report to the nearest centre to facilitate their reaching to a court, said Wam.
By Eudore R. Chand