Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Eid to be on the 19th of December, not the 20th - Here we go again

As many mosques in America have stated that the Eid Al-Adha would be on the 20th of December due to Dhul-Hijjah starting today, the Saudi religious authority stated that Dhul-Hijjah started on Monday. Thus, Hajj will begin on the 17th of December in Saudi, and the Eid will be on the 19th.

As with every year, there is constant confusion regarding this issue. Some state that we should have Eid here the day that it is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia. Others state that Eid should not be celebrate here on the same day as the Saudis, especially if the date in which the beginning of the lunar month was called in Saudi is incorrect according to astronomy.

I'll be celebrating the Eid on the 19th, G'd willing, and call it a day.

First day of Eid Al Adha on December 19
Staff Report
Published: December 10, 2007, 21:58

Riyadh: The first day of Eid Al Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice marking the end of annual Haj, will fall on December 19, Saudi Arabia's Supreme Judicial Council announced on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the council, on Monday, December 10 was the first day of Dhu Al Hijja, and hence December 18 (Tuesday) will be Arafat Waqfa Day, and December 19 (Wednesday) will be the first day of Eid Al Adha.

The council, in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, said it had established that Monday marked the start of the month of Dhu Al Hijja of the lunar calendar.


Anonymous said...

AOA, I'm in Chicago and here the Hilal Committee of Chicago (www.ChicagoHilal.com)has declared Eid to be on Fri Dec 21st because the new moon was not sighted anywhere in the U.S. or Canada on Tues Dec 11th. So, the 1st of Dhul Hajj is today Wed Dec 12th and 10th would be on Fri Dec 21st. Per MoonSighting.com and IslamicMoon.com the astronomy calculation showed that it was impossible to see the new moon anywhere on the earth on Dec 9th . I don't know where the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia gets their new moon dates from but they can't be from actual moon sighting or even astronomical calculations.

Dawud Walid - Contact at imam@dawudwalid.com said...

The opinion of this committee holds the same opinion of the North American Office of Ayatullah As-Seestani.

It looks like people will be making Eid prayer on 3 different days (19th, 20th & 21st) in America.

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