Eid ul Adha 2024 date announced in Saudi Arabia after moonsighting reports

Saudi Arabia officials and astronomers looking for the crescent moon in the desert skies with binoculars and telescopes
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The date of Eid ul Adha 2024 has been announced in Saudi Arabia following attempted moonsightings across the country. Crucially, this will determine when Birmingham's huge Eid events will take place.

Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) in Birmingham aligns itself with the Saudi calendar so will be following the declarations with interest before making its own announcement for the city's Eid ul Adha celebrations. Others in the UK will be looking for the crescent moon locally on Friday, June 7, instead.

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court had earlier called on all Muslims in the country to "investigate the crescent" on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The sighting will confirm the start of the month of Dhul Hijjah and then, following on from that, the Day of Arafah (on the 9th day), the first day of Eid ul Adha (on the 10th day), and the days of the Hajj pilgrimage (the 8th to the 12th or 13th).


Although none of Saudi Arabia's 10 main moonsighting observatories were said to have caught a glimpse of the crescent, a witness subsequently recorded seeing it from Al Hareeq. The Supreme Court considered all the results and has officially announced that there has been a positive moonsighting.

This means Dhul Hijjah will begin on Friday, June 7, with Eid ul Adha on Sunday, June 16. The Day of Arafah is on Saturday, June 15. It also determines the dates of the Hajj pilgrimage as June 14 to 18/19.

On social media platform X, some doubted the accuracy of the eyewitness sighting, with one posting: "Shouldn't say seen, as it's impossible to be seen. Should say as per calculations [on the predetermined calendar]."

Moonsighting officials are assembling today in all those nations that are on the 29th day of the month of Dhul Qadah. Muslims in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Syria and Iraq are also expected to be looking for the Eid ul Adha crescent on June 6, 2024.

If the crescent is spotted in a location on June 6, the month of Dhul Hijjah will begin the next day - June 7 - and Eid ul Adha celebrations in that country will start on June 16. If it is not seen, then the current month of Dhul Qadah goes on into a 30th day, Dhul Hijjah begins a day later on June 8 and Eid ul Adha begins on June 17.

For those looking for the moon on June 7, it should be easily visible. That will mean Dhul Hijjah starting the next day, June 8, and Eid ul Adha on June 17. If it's not sighted, those dates are pushed back by one day.