Dates for Hajj 2017

When is Hajj 2017? – Dates for Hajj 2017

The dates of Hajj for 2017 (1438) are as follows,

Note: The dates above have been not yet been confirmed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. These dates are based on calculations – please check closer to time for confirmed dates.

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So you may be wondering how the dates above were arrived at. Good question. First we can calculate the moon phases in August, which is when the month of Dhul Hijjah will start this year inshAllah,As we can see the new moon is expected on the Monday, 21-Aug-2017 at 21:30 (in Makkah). But will it be visible on this day? This is where we have to calculate the moon crescent visibility curves to verify. Moon crescent visibility curves for three days are as follows,

As can be seen from these curves,

  • The moon will not be visible on Mon, 21-Aug-2017
  • The moon will be visible by the naked eye on Tue, 22-Aug-2017. This means that the first day of Dhul Hijjah will be Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017
  • So the first day of Hajj (the 8th of Dhul Hijjah) will be on Wednesday, 30-Aug-2017 inshAllah

Ref

  1. “Moonsighting.com”, http://www.moonsighting.com/
  2. “Accurate Times”, International Astronomical Center (IAC)

Hajj 2015

Dates for Hajj in 2015 (1436)
The actual dates for Hajj in 2015 (1436) have been confirmed as follows,

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Note: This year the actual dates for Hajj did not match with many popular calculations as presented on websites such as IslamicFinder. But the dates in this post have been confirmed per the references below and are based on official announcements by the Saudi Authorities.

Prayer Times
If you are performing Hajj this year, to help you plan it is important to have an idea of Prayer (Salah) times during the Hajj days. The table below presents calculated Prayer times for Makkah,

Hajj Day 2015 (Sept.) 1436 (D-H) Fajr Sunrise Dhuhr Asr Maghrib Isha
1 22 (Tue) 8 4:54 6:09 12:14 3:39 6:18 7:48
2 23 (Wed) 9 4:54 6:09 12:14 3:39 6:18 7:48
3 24 (Thu) 10 4:55 6:09 12:13 3:38 6:16 7:46
4 25 (Fri) 11 4:55 6:10 12:13 3:38 6:15 7:45
5 26 (Sat) 12 4:55 6:10 12:13 3:37 6:14 7:44
6 27 (Sun) 13 4:55 6:10 12:12 3:37 6:13 7:43
  • Note:
    • D-H = Dhul-Hijjah
    • City = Makkah
    • Latitude = 21.42
    • Longitude = 39.83
    • Time zone = GMT+3.00
    • Altitude = 1017 feet (310 meters) above sea level.
    • Juristic Method = Standard
    • Calculation Method = Umm Al-Qura

Ref

  1. Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), “Fiqh Council of North America’s Announcement of Eid al Adha 1436/2015” – [link]
  2. Arab News, “Pilgrims retrace the steps of the Prophet” (pbuh) – [link]
  3. IslamicFinder, “Makkah, Saudi Arabia Prayer Times” – [link]

Eid Mubarak (2015)

Dear Everyone,

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Eid (Al-Fitr) – filled with peace, joy & happiness.

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A quick summary of Ramadan for 2015 (1436):

First Day Last Day Eid (Al Fitr)
1-Ramadan 29-Ramadan 1-Shawwal
Thursday, 18 June 2015 Thursday, 16 July 2015 Friday, 17 July 2015

Note

  1. The days/dates above are local to Mecca (Saudi Arabia).

Fasting Six Days Following Ramadan

Recommended to Fast Six Days Following Ramadan
As Ramadan draws to a finish – just wanted to remind everyone (& myself) of this Hadith,

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Note

  1. Some commentary on this subject can be found here. [pdf].

Ref

  1. Sahih Muslim. Volume 3, Hadith #2758-2760 (Sahih), pg 247-248. [10007]

Supplication for the Night of Al Qadr

Supplication for the Night of Al-Qadr (Part 2 of 2)

Context

  1. “ ‘Aishah narrated: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is your view if I know when the Night of Al-Qadr is, then what should I say in it?’ He said: ‘Say: “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, [Generous,] You love pardon, so pardon me (Allahumma Innaka ‘Afuwun [Karimun], Tuhibbul-‘Afwa Fa’fu ‘Anni).”’ (Sahih) ” [1] – presented above.

Note

  1. This hadith is reported in Tirmidhi[1] as one hadith, but with 2 variants to the wording. The supplication presented above is one variant of the wording reported. I had posted both variants (as reported in the hadith) a few years back [here].

Ref

  1. Jāmi‘ At-Tirmidhī. Volume 6, Hadith #3513 (Sahih), pg 228. [10009]

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Supplication for the Night of Al Qadr

Supplication for the Night of Al-Qadr (Part 1 of 2)

Context

  1. “ ‘Aishah narrated: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is your view if I know when the Night of Al-Qadr is, then what should I say in it?’ He said: ‘Say: “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, [Generous,] You love pardon, so pardon me (Allahumma Innaka ‘Afuwun [Karimun], Tuhibbul-‘Afwa Fa’fu ‘Anni).”’ (Sahih) ” [1] – presented above.

Note

  1. This hadith is reported in Tirmidhi[1] as one hadith, but with 2 variants to the wording. The supplication presented above is one variant of the wording reported. I had posted both variants (as reported in the hadith) a few years back [here].

Ref

  1. Jāmi‘ At-Tirmidhī. Volume 6, Hadith #3513 (Sahih), pg 228. [10009]

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Ramadan 2015

Ramadan 2015 (1436)

Can you believe it, the year has flown past and Ramadan is upon us. Today (Thursday 18th June) is the first day of Ramadan (in many parts of the world including Saudi Arabia).

I humbly pray to Almighty Allah,

  • To give us the strength and guidance to worship him perfectly during this blessed month.
  • May Almighty Allah help and protect all who are in need (we are all in need) and suffering.
  • May Almighty Allah forgive our weaknesses and shortcomings and accept our fasting and good deeds during this most amazing month.

Ameen

Peace be with you … please remember us in your prayers

Ramadan Kareem

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Ref

  1. Embassy of Saudi Arabia [here]
  2. Al Arabiya Article – Thursday first day of Ramadan: Saudi Arabia [here]
  3. Emirates247 Article – Ramadan Kareem: Holy month in UAE begins today [here]