Hijri New Year likely to begin on September 21

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Hijri New Year likely to begin on September 21

Dubai - The official announcement will be subject to the sighting of the moon.

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Published: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 1:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 6:29 PM

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai has released the calendar for Hijri 1439.

According to the calendar, the first day of Muharram 1439 will be September 21, 2017 (click here for the calendar).

The official announcement will be subject to the sighting of the moon.

The UAE has also launched a unified Hijri calendar ahead of the new Islamic year, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced.

Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of chairman of the Board of trustees of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, told a press conference on Tuesday that the unified Hijri calendar was based on Shariah and astronomical principles.

"The project is a result of three years of comparative field studies and review of industry best practices by a group of UAE, Arab and Islamic scholars, and specialists in physics, space and astronomy, specialised committees and work groups," he said.

"The project will cover all emirates, taking into consideration sharia conditions and scientific results that affect calculation of prayer timings," he stated, while unveiling the Hijri calendar of 1439 at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.





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