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Moonsighting: When Will 29 Pre-Ramadan Days Start?

Muslims all over the world will be looking, on April 5, for the new moon of the holy month of Sha`ban. The astronomical new moon (conjunction) of the new Hijri month of Sha`ban will occur on Friday, the 5th of April, at 8:50 UTC. However, it is possible, but difficult, to see the moon in …

Muslim World Welcomes New Jumada Al Awwal 1440

MAKKAH – Muslims all over the world celebrate today, January 7, the start of the new Hijri month Jumada Al Awwal, the fifth Hirji month of the Hijri calendar 1440. According to the National Research Institute of Astronomy & Geophysics (NRIAG) in Helwan, Egypt, the Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) occurred on January 6, 2019, at …

Know When New Moon Safar Starts in Your Location

When will Safar 1439 take place? Safar is the second month in the Hijri Calendar. Normally, a Hijri day starts at sunset. Thus, observing the crescent of a new Hijri month occurs during the sunset. Like all the other Hijri lunar months, the month of Safar spans over 29 or 30 days; and for that reason, we conduct the …

When Is the New Hijri Year 1438?

The first day of the New Hijri Year is observed on the first day of the Muharram, the first month in the Hijri calendar. The next Hijri year on the Islamic calendar will be number 1438, since the first one occurred in 622 AD when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) immigrated from Makkah to Medina, known as …

New Moon: Sighting or Calculating?

New Moon: Sighting or Calculating?

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