Saudi declares June 16 Eid-il-Adha after sighting Dhul Hijjah crescent moon


The authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have announced the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah crescent, signaling the beginning of the 12th Islamic month.

message shared by Haramain, a Saudi-based online news platform, on X on Thursday said Friday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah.

Dhul Hijjah is the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims travel to Makkah for hajj.

The message indicated that June 15 would be the day of Arafat, while June 16 would be the day of Eid-el-Adha, the Muslims’ biggest festival.

Dhul Hijjah is considered a sacred month and a time of heightened devotion, reflection, and acts of worship.

On Wednesday, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and president general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), asked Muslims in the country to look for the new moon of Dhul Hijja, 1445 AH.

A statement signed by Sambo Wali Junaidu, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, noted that Thursday is the 29th of Dhul’qidah 1445 AH.