The Saudi Arabian authorities have positively declared that our pilgrims must celebrate Wuquf at Arafat on the 8th day of Dhul-Hijjah, which means on 3rd October. Aid is to be celebrated on the 9th day, 4th October. In endorsing these dates – based on false testimony – they confirm their deeply rooted contempt both for Science and for Sharia. We vouch for this before God and before men.
Crescent visibility is expected today in most parts of the world. The areas where direct visibility cannot be established are covered by the extension of the zone of the visibility. Hence, Dhul-Hijjah starts tomorrow, 26th September 2014 in most of Africa, in Europe, as well as in the whole of Asia and Oceania. Eid al Adha for these countries is on 5th October 2014. Eid Mubarak to all!
This it to update all of you that unfortunately, due to bad weather, our photographer friends could not take photos of new moon on 24th September 2014 at French Polynesia. Below is the response from our Photographer Friends.
Sighting updates from French Polynesia By Mr. Roland Santallo : I am deeply sorry, but I could not take pictures of the Moon, September 24, too many clouds on the western horizon (the Sun was also not visible)
Sighting updates from French Polynesia By Mr. Eric Gauducheau : je n'ai pas vu la lune. j'ai commencé mes observations que à 18h et la lune était derrière des nuages.
Dhul-Hijjah 2014 (1435) will start on Thursday, 25th September 2014 in North, Central and South America as well as in a few westernmost countries of Europe and Africa. The rest of the European & African countries, all of Asia and Oceania will start Dhul-Hijjah 2014 on Friday, 26th September 2014. The countries that start Dhul-Hijjah on 25th September will celebrate Eid al Adha 2014 [Aid El Kebir 1435] on Saturday, 4th October 2014 while those that start Dhul-Hijjah on 26th September will celebrate Eid al Adha 2014 on 5th October 2014, Sunday.
Please see the Google map below. The countries marked in the green are the countries where Eid al Adha will be celebrated on the 4th October 2014. We have also provided below an exhaustive list of the countries arranged according to the date of celebration of Eid Al-Adha 2014 (1435).
To see the visibility prediction curves for Dhul-Hijjah, please click here. You will notice from the visibility curves that the new moon will be born on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 06:14 UTC. The crescent visibility is expected on the same day in various South Pacific Ocean islands like the French Polynesian Islands. The crescent visibility on 24th September can be extended to North, Central and South Americas as well as a few westernmost countries in Europe and in Africa. Hence, Dhul-Hijjah 2014 can start here on Thursday, 25th September 2014 as mentioned in the country list below. On 25th September 2014, the direct crescent visibility is possible in most parts of the world. The areas where direct visibility cannot be established are covered by the extension of the zone of the visibility. Therefore, the countries where Dhul-Hijjah can not start on 25th September 2014 will start Dhul-Hijjah 2014 on the next day, 26th September 2014.
For the extended visibility, we have chosen the point of reference in the South Pacific Ocean at 28° South 147° West. Please read Makkah Calendar Introduction to understand better the concept of extended visibility as well as that of the point of reference.
We would like to draw the special attention of our readers towards the absurd criteria used by Saudi Arabia for its Umm al-Qura calendar. According to this calendar, it is enough that the new moon be born on a certain day and that moonset in Makkah be after sunset, if only by one minute on the same day, in order that the new month be declared as begun next day! Now, next 24th September, this will be exactly the case. In local time, the new moon is born at 09H14M, the sun sets in Makkah at 18H15M and the moon at 18H21M. Since the moon sets 6 minutes after the sun, the so-called “civil calendar” of Umm al-Qura has declared that Dhul-Hijja will begin on 25th September. Consequently, Wuquf Arafat according to this date for the 1st of Dhul-Hijja will be on 3rd October and Aid al Adha will be on 4th October.
Of course – once again – the authorities might not give any attention to the actual visibility of the crescent in Saudi Arabia on the evening of 24th September. But we can powerfully claim that none of the astronomical parameters that determine the visibility of the young crescent on the evening of 24th September are met with in Saudi Arabia. On the visibility curve of the crescent this country is in a black zone on 24th September. This means that no visibility is possible, even with the most powerful telescope.
Whether it be in Makkah itself, or anywhere else in the whole Arabian peninsula, the crescent will be visible only on the evening of 25th September. Consequently, the only legitimate day for Wuquf Arafat is on 4th October. And Aid al Adha will be on 5th October or all countries situated to the east of the meridian of Greenwich.
Dhul-Hijjah 2014 (1435) will start on Thursday, 25th September 2014 in North, Central and South America as well as in a few western countries of Europe and Africa. Please see the country list below to get a clearer idea.
Dhul-Hijjah 2014 (1435) should start on Friday, 26th September 2014 in most European and African countries (with a few exceptions) as well as in the whole of Asia and in Oceania. Please see the country list below to get a clearer idea.
Wuquf Arafat, the main event of Hajj, concerns Saudi Arabia only. Since Dhul-Hijjah in Saudi Arabia starts on 26th September 2014, Wuquf Arafat, the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah / Hajj 2014 will be celebrated on Saturday, 4th October 2014.
The countries that start Dhul-Hijjah on 25th September will celebrate Eid al Adha 2014 on Saturday, 4th October 2014. Others, which start Dhul-Hijjah on 26th September, will celebrate Eid al Adha 2014 on Sunday, 5th October 2014.