Dhul Hijjah 1441 AH

  • Posted on: July 19, 2020

Zul Hijjah 1441 AH

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

Dear Brothers/Sisters in Islam,

Please make a group effort to sight the Hilal on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, for the month of Zul Hijjah 1441

This is an excellent opportunity to easily revive a neglected Sunnah and a forgotten fardh kifayah:

  • This is the hilal that decides when Eid ul-Adhā is.
  • It is conveniently during a summer school break, making it easy for the whole family.
  • The weather is so pleasant outside.
  • It is a good outing for the family, to teach the next generation about the traditions of our Deen.
  • The chances of sighting are high in this evening.

Take your important part in this blessed effort. If we all try to sight this easily-visible moon in our respective vicinities, this will automatically negate false reports.

Alhamdulillah, by the joint effort of the Ulama and great cooperation of community members throughout the States, we have revived this forgotten Sunnah of moonsighting throughout the year in many localities across the nation. 

CHC advises all community members to adhere to social distancing regulations during moonsighting. 

The Necessity of Sighting the Zul Hijjah Hilal

According to the most authenticated Hadith, Zhul Hijjah and Eid al-Adha are determined by the hilal sighting, not the day the Hujjaj are in Arafat, as it is mentioned in Sahih Muslim, Sunan Nasa'iee, Abu Dawud, Tirmizhi, and Ibn Majah:

أخرجه الجماعة إلا البخاري عن أم سلمة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : من رأى هلال ذي الحجة فأراد أن يضحي فلا يأخذ من شعره ولا من أظفاره حتى يضحي

"Whoever sights the hilal of Zhul Hijjah and wants to offer a sacrifice, he should not cut his hair or nails until he has offered the sacrifice."

***Information About the Hilal***

The birth of the Moon for Zul Hijjah will take place on July 20, 2020, at 1:32 PM EST (17:32 UTC)

Details for major cities on the 29th of Zul Qa'dah, Tuesday, July 21, 2020: 

(All times are in their respective local time zones.)

­­Zul Hijjah 1441 AH

29th of Zul Qa’dah 1441  – Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Region

Cities

Sunset

Moonset

Lag Time1

Moon Age2

Altitude3

Best Time to Sight

Northeast

Boston

8:14 pm

9:20 pm

65 m

30:41

10˚

8:43 pm

New York

8:21 pm

9:27 pm

66 m

30:48

11˚

8:50 pm

New Jersey

8:21 pm

9:28 pm

66 m

30:49

11˚

8:51 pm

Baltimore

8:27 pm

9:34 pm

66 m

30:55

11˚

8:57 pm

South

Ft. Lauderdale

8:12 pm

9:21 pm

68 m

30:40

13˚

8:43 pm

Atlanta

8:45 pm

9:53 pm

68 m

31:12

12˚

9:16 pm

Midwest

Detroit

9:02 pm

10:09 pm

67 m

31:29

10˚

9:32 pm

Chicago

8:19 pm

9:26 pm

67 m

31:46

11˚

8:49 pm

Southwest

Houston

8:20 pm

9:30 pm

70 m

31:48

13˚

8:52 pm

West

Stockton

8:23 pm

9:35 pm

72 m

33:50

12˚

8:55 pm

San Francisco

8:27 pm

9:39 pm

72 m

33:54

12˚

8:59 pm

San Diego

7:54 pm

9:06 pm

72 m

33:21

13˚

8:26 pm

Northwest

Seattle

8:56 pm

10:06 pm

69 m

34:24

10˚

9:27 pm

Oregon

8:50 pm

10:01 pm

70 m

34:18

10˚

9:22 pm

Canada

Montreal

8:34 pm

9:39 pm

65 m

31:01

9:03 pm

Lag Time = time between sunset and moonset

Moon Age = number of hours after moon-birth (at sunset time)

Altitude = apparent height of moon above the horizon (measured as an angle)

JazakumAllah Khair,

Central Hilal Committee of North America (CHC)

www.hilalcommittee.org

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