Crescent moon sighted, Eid Al Adha to be on September 1

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The Dhul-Hijjah crescent was sighted today according to a tweet posted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which means that Wednesday, August 23, will be the first day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and Eid Al Adha will be on September 1.

The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia has announced on Tuesday  that the crescent of the month of Dhul-Hijja was sighted, and Wednesday (today) will be Zul Hijjah 1.

“Accordingly, Haj (Standing on Mount Arafat) will be on Thursday, August 31 and Eid al Adha will be on Friday, September 1″, the court added.

The sighting was awaited since yesterday when the Supreme Court said that the moon was not sighted on Monday night.

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The Saudi Supreme Court, which earlier called on the public to view Dhul-Hijjah crescent at Tuesday sunset, announced in a statement in Riyadh that, according to many adult witnesses who made their testimonies to their perspective regional courts, it was verified that Wednesday is the first of the month of Dhul-Hijjah according to the Calendar of Umm Al-Qura.

Accordingly, the attendance at the Mount of Arafat, the peak and main pillar of Hajj ritual, falls on Thursday the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah — corresponding to August 31, 2017 — and that Eid Al Adha will fall the next day following Arafat Day, which corresponds to September 1, 2017.

Published on 22 August 2017

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