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Eid al Adha 2016 (1437)

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When is Eid al Adha 2016 (1437)?


We are very pleased to share with you that Dhul-Hijjah 2016 (1437) will start on Saturday, 3rd September in all countries of the world! Hence, the whole world will celebrate Eid al Adha 2016 on Monday, 12th September 2016, insha-Allah!

We invite you to take a look at the visibility curves for Dhul-Hijjah 2016 (1437).You will notice that the Dhul-Hijjah moon will be born very late on Thursday, September 1 at 09:03 UTC. Hence it will not be directly visible in any part of the world. As there will be no visibility of crescent in any part of the world on 1st September, Dhul-Hijjah cannot start on 2nd September. We now invite you to see the visibility curve of 2nd September. It is evident from the curve that crescent visibility will be achieved in most parts of the world on September 02, 2016. The countries where direct visibility is not achieved will be covered by the extension of the zone of the visibility. Hence, Dhul-Hijjah 2016 will start on Saturday, 03rd September in all countries of the world and the whole world will celebrate Eid al Adha 2016 on the same day, 12th September 2016. The event is rare, and merits special notice.

We have published below an extensive list of countries arranged as per the Eid al Adha 2016 celebration date. Those who would like to get more details about why Eid al Adha 2016 will be on the same day in the whole world are requested to read our detailed introduction to the Islamic Calendar.

Since Dhul-Hijjah will start on 3rd September in Saudi Arabia, Wuquf Arafat will be on Sunday, 11th September.

Similar to Ramadan and Eid 2016, we will publish Eid al Adha 2016 (Dhul-Hijjah 1437) live moon sighting reports on our website and social media pages. We invite you to visit our site towards the end of the Dhul-Qi'dah 2016 to get updates about crescent sighting.

We have already published Islamic calendar for the Gregorian year 2017 and Hijri calendar for 1438 for each country of the world. Please download them by clicking on this Islamic Calendar download page.

Please feel free to contact us by writing to us at [email protected] if anything is not clear or if you need further information.

We wish all our viewers Eid Mubarak in Advance!

WARNING

The legitimate date for Wuquf 1437 is Sunday 11th September 2016

We would like to draw the attention of our visitors towards the Umm al Qura calendar used since years by Saudi Arabia. According to this calendar, it suffices that conjunction should occur on such and such a date and that the moon set after the sun on the same day, even if only by a minute. In this case, the new month starts on the next day.

For the Umm al Qura Calendar, it is of no importance whatsoever that the crescent is really visible, or even if it is absolutely impossible for it to be observed.

It so happens that the conditions stipulated by the Umm al Qura calendar will be satisfied on 1st September 2016. In local time, the new moon is born at 12:03 hours. Sunset and moonset in Makkah are respectively at 18:37 and 18:43 hours, also in local time. Since the moon sets 6 minutes after the sunset, Dhul-Hijjah – according to this calendar – can start on 2nd September.

Now, even a brief glimpse at the visibility curve of 1st September evening shows that all of the Arabian Peninsula is in the black visibility zone. The fact is the same for all of Africa, all of Asia and for almost the totality of North, Central and South America. Astronomically, it is thus totally impossible to view the crescent on 1st September 2016 even with a very powerful optical device. We invite you again to consult the link for the visibility curve of 1st September.

We are in fact faced with the same situation as the one that occurred on Hajj last year. The beginning of Dhul-Hijjah was evidently falsely and arbitrarily fixed on 14th September 2015. Consequently, Wuquf was fixed on Tuesday 22nd September. However, 24 hours before the event, the authorities delayed Wuquf by 24 hours to 23rd September. This was indeed a fortunate inspiration.

If Wuquf had been maintained on the initial date, the authorities would have forced the pilgrims to celebrate this capital event on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah. It is as if a Friday prayer had been arbitrarily declared on a Thursday! But what is even worse? As everyone knows: the keystone of Hajj is Wuquf! To the extent that the Messenger (PBUH) was accustomed to say: “Hajj is Arafat!”.

Consequently, the legitimate date for Wuquf during the current year 1437 is Sunday 11th September 2016.

We hope that the Saudi Arabian authorities will use the same wisdom as last year and that they will respect Heaven, and also that which is higher than Heaven: The Command of God as transmitted by His Messenger (PBUH).

As far as we are concerned, we try to confirm scrupulously to This Command. Since 1431, we have emitted forecasts based on an intelligent lecture of the visibility curves. 31 times since this date, our forecasts have been confirmed by photographs of the young crescent, taken around the world. We invite our readers to look at these visibility curves and their accompanying photos. However, because of the large number, we present them in two distinct links: one limited to a selection of just five visibility curves, with an equal number of photos and the accompanying calendars which bear testimony to the exactness of our forecasts. For readers, who would like to deepen the question, we provide a further link with the remaining part of the photo album.(Link 1 - 5 photos, Link 2 - All Photos).

As a further information, we are pleased to announce that the limit of 7 million visitors to our site has already been bypassed. Foremost of the visitors: near to one million of visitors from Saudi Arabia (Google Analytics Report).

We sincerely thank these visitors for their faithfulness and their confidence. We implore the Most High that we never fail in this combat for the triumph of Truth.

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team

Crescent Sighting Reports - 02nd September 2016


Eid al-Adha 2016 (1437) moon sighting reports Dhul-Hijjah crescent visibility is expected today, 2nd September in most parts of the world as shown in the visibility curve below. Dhul-Hijjah starts tomorrow, 3rd September in all countries of the world and Eid al Adha is on Monday, 12th September 2016 in all countries of the world. Eid Mubarak to all!










South Africa:

1. Mr. Kos Coronaios from Limpopo Province - Seen

Mr. Kos Coronaios from Louis Trichard, Limpopo Province, South Africa: On September 02, the moon has been sighted in Louis Trichard, South Africa. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.Eid Mubarak to all!
Please click  Technical Details for more details of the photographs.  Source: MakkahCalendar

Argentina:

1. Mr. Elvio Alanis from Cachi, Salta - Seen

Mr. Elvio Alanis from Cachi, Salta, Argentina: On September 02, the weather was not good but I could sight and photograph crescent. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.
Please click  Technical Details for more details of the photographs.  Source: MakkahCalendar

2. Mr. Román Vena Valdarenas from Córdoba - Seen

Mr. Román Vena Valdarenas from Córdoba, Argentina: On 2nd September, during the morning the weather conditions were bad. In the afternoon the clouds cleared, and although on the horizon was cloudy, the moon could be observed. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.
Please click  Technical Details for more details of the photographs.  Source: MakkahCalendar

USA:

1. Mr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg, VA - Seen

Mr. Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg, VA, USA: AsSalaamuAlaikum; insha-Allah you are fine. This evening (Friday, Sep 02), the crescent moon was sighted in the Town of Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). The photograph has been published here.
Please click  Technical Details for more details of the photograph.  Source: MakkahCalendar

Chile:

1. Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Valparaiso, Chile - Seen

Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Valparaiso, Chile: The sky was clear and the moon was observed by naked eye.The photograph has been published here.
Please click  Technical Details for more details of the photograph.  Source: MakkahCalendar

Germany:

1. Eng. Martin Elsaesser from Munich City in Bavaria State - Seen

Time of observation: Before sunset. ICOP member Eng. Martin Elsaesser from Munich City in Bavaria State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging.
Eng. Martin Elsaesser said: "The sky conditions were quite bad in the morning, with lots of haze and high altitude clouds. I could do a quick observation of the young crescent with the imaging system despite some mechanical problems with the telescope attachment. The view was not very clear due to the bad weather. I hope for better skies in the evening."  Source: ICOP

Australia:

1. Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Adelaide City in South Australia State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Adelaide City in South Australia State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Crescent Sighting Reports - 01st September 2016


Eid al-Adha 2016 (1437) moon sighting reports Today and tomorrow, we will publish live crescent sighting reports from all parts of the world. As seen in the visibility curve, Dhul-Hijjah moon will be born today, September 1 at 09:03 UTC. As it will be born very late, no direct visibility of the crescent is expected today in any part of the world. Dhul-Hijjah cannot start tomorrow, September 2 in any country of the world.

Eid al Adha 2016 / Dhul-Hijjah 2016 sighting reports will be provided live on our website as well as on our Facebook page, Twitter page and Google Plus streams. Hence, do not forget to follow us on Social Media!

Indonesia:

1. Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging.

Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The new daytime crescent of dzulhijjah 1437 AH was tried to be observed, but it's not seen even by ccd imaging on Thursday, 01 Sept 2016. But today we got the Partial Solar Eclipse from the Team of Jakarta Islamic Center at Seribu Island. It was captured on 17:33 LT and the full disc of the sun was covered by litle of the moon.
The Rukyat Hilal of Dzulhijjah 1437 AH event was attended by the Team CASA (Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam), Castrosmalsa, Solo Astro Club, Team of URAIS Kemenag (ministry of religious affairs) for Sukoharjo, Surakarta, Klaten, Karanganyar, Salatiga, Mr. Saifulloh as Kabid Urais Binsyar of Kanwil Kemenag of Central Java and team, BHRD Sukoharjo and moslems in Solo Raya."
2. Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City - Seen

ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was seen by CCD Imaging.

 Source: ICOP

Saudi Arabia:

1. Mr. Turki Alamri from Almadina City in Almadina State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Almadina City in Almadina State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Libya:

1. Eng. Mohamed Mogerby from طرابلس City in المدينة State - Not Seen

ICOP member Eng. Mohamed Mogerby from طرابلس City in المدينة State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging  Source: ICOP

Algeria:

1. Dr. Abdallah Ouragh from بريان City in تغردايت State - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. Abdallah Ouragh from بريان City in تغردايت State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.

2. Mr. from سطيف City in سطيف State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. from سطيف City in سطيف State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.

 Source: ICOP

Nigeria:

1. Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi State - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Australia:

1. Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW - Seen

MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of Dhul Hajj has been sighted in Adailade and Perth on Sep 2 (Friday). Therefore, the month of Dhul Hajj will commence from Saturday,the 3rd of September 2016. EID UL ADHAA WILL BE ON MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER.  Source: Moonsighting

 

Sources:

MakkahCalendar - MakkahCalendar Website
ICOP - ICOP Website
Moonsighting - Moonsighting.com Website


FAQ regarding Eid al Adha 2016

Eid al-Adha 2016 Announcement
[1] When should Dhul-Hijjah 2016 (1437) start?
Dhul-Hijjah 2016 should start on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016 in all countries of the world.

[2] When will Wuquf Arafat / the major event of Hajj 2016 be celebrated?
Since Dhul-Hijjah in Saudi Arabia starts on 3rd September 2016, Wuquf Arafat, the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah / Hajj 2016 should be celebrated on Sunday, 11th September 2016.

[3] When is Eid al Adha 2016 / Aid El Kebir 2016 (1437)?
Eid al Adha 2016 / Aid El Kebir should be celebrated on Monday, 12th September 2016 in all countries of the world. Eid Mubarak to all!

[4] Can you describe the concept of Extended Visibility upon which your calculations are based in simple terms?
Our Eid al-Adha 2016 announcement and calculations are based on the concept of Extended Visibility that simply says.

"For any given country, the month will begin the next day if: [A] the new moon is born [B] the young moon is visible in the evening sky in the country, or [C] if it is visible somewhere to the west of the country before the Fajr prayer in the same country."

The concept of Extended Visibility and all our calculations and announcements are faithful to Sharia. Those interested in getting more details should read our Islamic Calendar Introduction.


Eid al Adha 1437 country list


Below is the list of countries where Eid al Adha 2016 (1437) should be celebrated on 12th September 2016.

AFRICA [54]

NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA [23]

S. AMERICA[12]

OCEANIA [15]

ASIA [50]

EUROPE [47]

AFRICA [54]

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central
    African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Democratic Republic
    of the Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Republic
    of the Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Sao
    Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA [23]

  • Antigua and
    Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and
    Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and
    Tobago
  • United States Of
    America

S. AMERICA [12]

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

OCEANIA [15]

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

ASIA [50]

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • China(Eastern)
  • China(Western)
  • East Timor
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Myanmar(Burma)
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Makkah/Saudi Arabia
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Russia(Central)
  • Russia(Eastern)
  • Russia(Western)
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United
    Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

EUROPE [47]

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
    and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City