Jumada Al-Awwal (or Jumada al-Ula) is the fifth month of the Hijri Calendar. When is it going to start this year in your location?
Like all the other Hijri Lunar months, the month of Jumada Al-Awwal spans 29 or 30 days; and for that reason, we conduct the lunar astronomical observations and calculate the lunar months to know their exact dates every year.
According to Moonsighting.com, Jumada Al-Awwal will start on Tuesday, December 15.
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“The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on December 14, 2020 (Monday) at 16:17 UT. There is Solar Eclipse on that day visible in South America as shown below,” the website said.
“On the universal day of conjunction the crescent moon will not be seen with Naked eyes from anywhere in the world. Solar Eclipse is a sign of Almighty Allah and should not be ignored. As per Shariah, a Solar Eclipse marks the end of a lunar month.
“On December 14, the crescent moon can not be seen any where in the world, because of Solar Eclipse. So, it is the last day of the month. Therefore December 15 is the first day of Jumada al-Oola.”
The word “Jumada”, from which the name of the month is derived, is used to denote dry parched land and the dry months in the Arabian Peninsula where the Hijri Calendar was first designed and applied.
The Hijri Calendar is a lunar dating system. Its months begin when the lunar phase called First Crescent of a new moon is sighted.
Since the year of the Hijri lunar calendar is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Jumada Al-Awwal and all other lunar months migrate backwards throughout the seasons, during a cycle of about 33 solar years.