The Hilal for the month of Dhul Hijjah was not sighted anywhere in North America or South America

The Hilal for the month of Dhul Hijjah was not sighted anywhere in North America or South America on the evening of Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Therefore, we will complete 30 days of Dhul Qa’dah and the 1st of Dhul Hijjah 1435 will be Friday, September 26, 2014 andEid-ul-Adha will be Sunday, October 5, 2014 Insha’Allah.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia:
The date for Eid-ul-Adha is based on the moonsighting, not following Saudi Arabia


I have a question about the dates of the Eids…I know that Eidul Fitr is after the month of Ramadhan and there is always dispute about this day (some will celebrate it after the 29th, while others celebrate it after the 30th), but in regards to the Eidal Adha, does this day coincide with what the hujjaj are doing in Makkah, or can this day differ according to the different countries others are in?




Praise be to Allaah.


The differences among Muslims with regard to Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha is based on the difference of scholarly opinion, and it is the same for both Eids. Shaykh Ibn Baaz, the Grand Mufti Saudi Arabia, (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, after mentioning the difference of opinion among the scholars about different moon sighting in different countries at the beginning and end of the month:                        


It seems to me that the differences in moon sightings do not matter, and that what must be done is to follow the sighting of the moon with regard to starting and ending the fast and offering the sacrifice when it is proven according to sharee’ah that the moon has been sighted in any land.


Then he said: Whether or not we say that differences in sighting are valid, it seems that the ruling is the same for both Ramadaan and Eid al-Adha, and there is no difference between them according to what I know of sharee’ah. End quote. Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (15/79).


In the fatwa of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), it says that differences in moon sighting should be followed with regard to Eid al-Adha just as they are followed with regard to the beginning and end of Ramadaan.


Based on this, there is no problem if Eid al-Adha is on Friday in one country and on Saturday in another, and so on, based on the differences in moon sighting.


The same may be said with regard to the fast of Ramadaan, fasting the day of ‘Arafah and fasting ‘Ashoora’, because these are things that have to do with the sighting of the moon, and the ruling on whether the month has begun or not.


And Allaah knows best.

Dr. Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid


If countries differ with regard to when Ramadaan begins and when the day of ‘Arafah is, with whom should I fast?


What if the day of ‘Arafah is different because of the moon being sighted at different times in different countries? Should we fast according to the moon sighting in the country where we are or according to the moon sighting in al-Haramayn (the two Holy Sanctuaries)?



Praise be to Allaah.

This is based on a difference of opinion among the scholars: Is there only one moon sighting for the whole world or does it vary according to when the moon rises in different places?

The correct view is that it varies according to when the moon rises in different places. For example, if the moon is sighted in Makkah, and today is the ninth, and it is sighted elsewhere one day before Makkah, and the day of ‘Arafah in Makkah is the tenth for them, it is not permissible for them to fast on this day because it is Eid. Similarly if it so happens that they sight the moon after Makkah, and the 9th in Makkah is the 8th for them, then they should fast the day that is the 9th for them, which is the 10th in Makkah. This is the correct view, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you see it (the new moon) fast and when you see it break your fast.” Those who did not see the moon in their own location have not seen it. Just as people are unanimously agreed that the times for dawn and sunset vary according to their own location, so too the months are also worked out by location, just like the daily timings.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 20.

And Allaah knows best.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

[One of the greatest scholars of Saudi Arabia]

(may Allaah have mercy on him)


Saudi Grand Mufti-Eid al-Adha is Based on Moon Sighting(Eng,Arb,Urdu,Bangla)


Zhul Hijjah 1435


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