Experts in astronomy have disclosed the probable date of the moon’s appearance for the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja in Pakistan and throughout the Muslim world.
In a release, the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) said that it expected Monday, June 19, to be the first day of the month of Dhul Hijja in many countries, Tuesday, June 27, to be the day of Arafah, and Wednesday, June 28, to be the first day of Eid ul Azha.
The 18th of June in Pakistan will be the 28th of Zilqad. On Monday, June 19, which is the 29th of Zilqad, the moon viewing group will meet to look at the crescent.
In Pakistan, the 1st of Dhul Hijja is likely to happen on Tuesday, June 20, or Wednesday, June 21. So, Eid ul Azha may happen in the country on either Thursday, June 29 or Friday, June 30.
According to the IAC, most Muslim nations will try to see Dhul Hijja on a specific date that is June 18, the 29th of Zilqad. The Central and Western Islamic countries will have trouble observing the moon with a telescope.
In Jakarta, the moon sets 7 minutes after sunset at 6.5 hours. The moon sets 29 minutes after sunset in Abu Dhabi at 12.4 hours. No telescope can see Jakarta or Abu Dhabi.
The moon will set in Riyadh 31 minutes after sunset. It will have been up for 13 hours. At 13.8 hours old, the moon will set 37 minutes after sunset in Amman and Jerusalem.
On Eid ul Azha, people commemorate history as stated in the Quran, when the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was ready to offer his son as an act of loyalty to Allah, but the Almighty switched his son with a ram so that it could be sacrificed instead.