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Saudi Arabia to sight Dhul Hijjah moon on Monday

Makkah, July 15, 2020

Saudi Arabia will sight the crescent of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, next Monday, to determine the exact beginning of this year's Hajj rituals.

The Saudi Supreme Court has called on all Muslims in the kingdom to spot the new moon on the evening of Monday, the 29th day of the month of Dhul Qadah.

According to astronomical calculations, the month of Dhul Hijjah will begin this year on July 22 and the climax of Hajj at the Mount Arafat near Makkah will take place on July 30.

This year Saudi Arabia holds a limited pilgrimage due to fears of the new coronavirus.

The kingdom has announced that 70 per cent of this year’s pilgrims will be expatriate residents while the remaining 30 per cent will be Saudis. The maximum number of participating pilgrims has been set at 10,000 to ensure a safe Hajj for all.

 

 

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