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
It has been confirmed by the Saudi authorities that the first of Dhul Hijjah (1435) is Thu, 25-Sept-2014.
So that means (inshAllah),
Thursday, September 25, 2014 is the first (1st) day of Dhul Hijjah (1435)
Thursday, October 2, 2014 – is the first day of Hajj (8th of Dhul Hijjah)
Friday, October 3, 2014 – is the day of Arafat (9th of Dhul Hijjah)
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – is Eid ul Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah)
Please visit my previous post here for a graphical calendar of dates above. Also a quick reminder from another previous post,
“It is recommended for a person who has made his clear intention to offer the sacrifice to observe” certain “restrictions from the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijjah until the sacrifice is made. He is simply required not to take anything off his hair or body. Hence, the restrictions are not to cut his hair or clip his nails.”
The days for Hajj for this year (2014 / 1435) are as follows,
Note: The dates above have been confirmed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia (see here).
So how does the actuality above compare to calculations. Good question, below are the calculated phases of the moon for Mecca. Furthermore the Islamic (Hijri) date for 18-Sept-2014, was confirmed on the official Ministry of Hajj Portal to correspond to 23-(Dhul-Qa’dah)-1435. So marking this on the calendar below and if the new moon is sighted in Mecca on Wednesday 24-Sept-2014, this will make the following day, Thursday 25-Sept-2014 the first of Dhul-Hijjah, i.e. 01-(Dhul-Hijjah)-1435. Because we know the first day of Hajj is the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah so the days for Hajj will be as above.