Ibrahim Al-Khazen, Khaled Majdoub / Anatolia
Saudi Arabia announced, on Sunday evening, that Monday is the first day of Dhul-Hijjah (the month of Hajj), and Eid Al-Adha is Wednesday, June 28th, amid similar Arab announcements, in contrast to the declarations of Morocco, Indonesia and Malaysia, that the crescent has not been established and that the Eid will be on the 29th of this month.
Within days, the eyes of the Islamic world will turn to Makkah Al-Mukarramah, where the Hajj rituals begin for the season (1444 AH / 2023 AD).
And the Saudi Supreme Court confirmed, in a statement, that the sighting of the crescent of Dhu al-Hijjah was proven, and that Monday is its first day, according to what was reported by the official news agency.
Thus, Tuesday, corresponding to June 27, will be the day of standing at Arafah, and Wednesday, June 28, will be the first day of Eid al-Adha, according to the same source.
Usually, most of the Arab and Islamic countries follow, Saudi Arabia, as the country of Hajj rites in looking for the crescent, and few of them are looking for the crescent.
In this regard, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, and Palestine announced, in separate official statements, that the sighting of the crescent has been confirmed and that Eid al-Adha will begin on June 28.
While the Moroccan Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced, in a statement, that it “observed the crescent of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, and confirmed that its sighting was not proven.”
She explained that the month of Dhu al-Qi`dah will have completed thirty days, and the beginning of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah will be on Tuesday, and Eid al-Adha will be on Thursday, June 29.
For its part, Malaysia and Indonesia also announced that the crescent was not established and that Eid al-Adha is on June 29, according to the official news agencies of the two countries.
And last February, the Saudi Minister of Hajj, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, announced that his country expects to host more than two million pilgrims during the 2023 Hajj season, about a month after the Kingdom announced the return of the numbers and ages of pilgrims to what they were before the Corona pandemic.
According to official information, the number of pilgrims during the 2022 season reached 899,353, including 779,919 from outside the Kingdom, while the 2021 Hajj season was limited to the participation of only 60,000 from inside the Kingdom, under strict health controls at the time due to the outbreak of Corona.
The year 2020 witnessed an exceptional season for Hajj, as the number of pilgrims at that time was limited to about 10 thousand from inside Saudi Arabia only, compared to about 2.5 million in 2019 from all over the world.
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