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Moon not sighted, Eid-ul-Azha in Middle East on July 31

MNA International Desk: The moon of the month of Jilhaj was not sighted in the sky of the Middle East nations, including Saudi Arabia. So, the month of Jilhaj will start next Wednesday in the Middle East countries.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court said on Monday that the Day of Arafat will fall on Thursday, July 30, and the Eid Al-Adha holiday will be on Friday, July 31.

The first day of Eid Al Adha always falls on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja and one day after Arafat Day.

Saudi Arabia will sight the crescent of Dhu Al Hijja, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, next Monday, to determine the beginning of the month. The Saudi Supreme Court has called on all Muslims in the kingdom to sight the crescent.

The court urged all Saudi citizens and expatriate residents to look out for the crescent of Dhu Al Hijja that marks the start of the pilgrimage rituals, which this year will be limited to only 10,000 pilgrims from within the Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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