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Sighting the Crescent of Muharram 1440 AH.

9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM   |      |   

Sighting the Crescent of Muharram 1440 AH.

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has announced that the crescent of Muharram 1440AH which is known as the first month of the Islamic calendar was not seen in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening the 29th Dhul Hijjah 1439AH which falls on the 9th September 2018 AD.

Based on this, Monday the 10th September 2018AD will be the 30th of Dhul Hijjah 1439AH and Tuesday the 11th September 2018AD will be the first day of the incoming month of Muharram for the year 1440AH. And that the 9th and 10th of Ashura will fall on Wednesday and Thursday the 19th and 20th of September respectively.

Meanwhile, It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed fast on the 10th day of Muharram and he said in the hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father), that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had said: [If I live till the next (year), I would definitely observe fast on the 9th].

He also said in the hadith narrated by Abu Qatadah that :

the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: [Fast the Day of Ashura, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins of) the year before it.]

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