Eid Al Adha likely on October 4 or 5: Icop chairman

Countries that rely only on astronomical calculations may observe on Oct 4: Mohammed Shawkat Awda

Eid Al Adha may likely fall on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in countries which strictly follow witnessing the crescent moon, according to the chairman of Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP), reported 'Al Bayan'.

Mohammed Shawkat Awda, ICOP Chairman, said, however, the first day of Eid Al Adha in countries that rely only on the astronomical calculations may likely be on Saturday, October 4, the report added.

Awda said as per calculations the moon is likely to be visible on Wednesday after sunset in the Arab World, thus the beginning of Dhul Hijjah in most of the countries is likely to fall on Thursday, September 25; while Friday, October 3, could be Waqfat Arafat and the next day – Saturday, October 4 - the first day of Eid Al Adha.

He added that countries that strictly follow moon sighting may begin Dhul Hijjah on Friday, September 26.

Awda also mentioned that there are countries that start Dhul Hijjah based on their local moon sightings and do not conform to that of Saudi Arabia. For instance Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana and some African countries follow their own.

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