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Eid-ul-Adha 2013 / 1434 AH

Astronomical data and moon sighting probability information is available. It is important that Muslims understand the facts and educate themselves on this subject.

Start of Zul-Hajj


New moon will be born at 0:35 (UT) on Saturday 5th October 2013.


The pre-calculated Umm al-Qura calendar system of Saudi Arabia will accept moon sighting up to 123.45 degrees latitude.


Learn more about the Umm al-Qura calendar system of Saudi Arabia


Global scan for Saturday (5th) evening (Click to view in detail):




RED LINE : Limiting Horizon of 123.45 Degrees

RED Area: Impossible No Colour: Not Possible Blue: Need Optical Aid Magenta: Could be Seen by Naked Eye Green: Easily Visible by Naked Eye Cyan: Unknown



Muslims and Astronomers from across the world search for the new moon at the start of each Islamic month. Their findings are posted on the Internet on sites such as www.moonsighting.com.


The information gathered for Zul-Hajj can be seen by clicking here.


The Umm al-Qura calendar system of Saudi Arabia will result in the announcement of start of Zul Hajj as Sunday 6th October 2013 based on the certainty that someone in South America will see the moon many hours after sunset in Saudi Arabia.

On the basis of all the scientific information available, the moon will not be visible on Saturday evening (5th) in Asia, the Middle East, Europe or Africa. If the moon is not seen then the first day of Zul Hajj 1434 will be Monday 7th October 2013.







If the moon is seen on 6th October 2013 then Eid-ul-Adha will be on Wednesday 16th October 2013.

The Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia will establish Eid-ul-Adha as Tuesday 15th October 2013 for the followers of this pre-calculated system.

Post start of Zul-Hajj Update:

As expected, the Umm al-Qura calendar system of Saudi Arabia resulted in the first of Zul-Hajj being announced for Sunday 5th October (Making Eid-ul-Adha Tuesday 15th). Apart from Chile in South America, no confirmed moon sighting report was received on Saturday 5th.

First of Zul-Hajj was marked as Monday 7th October 2013, making Eid-ul-Adha Wednesday 16th October 2013.

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