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21 Jul, 2018 / 7th Dhu al-Qidah, 1439 A.H.

Hilal Statement-Zilhajj 1438 AH

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Asalamun Alaikum,

The Astronomical New Moon is on Monday 21 August 2017 at 7.30pm. The crescent will not be visible on this day
The calculations for Tuesday 22 August for London are as follows
Sunset 8.10pm
Moon set  8.39pm
Crescent age. 24 hours 40 minutes
Moon lag time 29 minutes
Crescent altitude 4.14 degrees
Crescent elongation 13.23 degrees
The crescent will be visible with optical aid only
The calculations for Wednesday 23 August 2017 for London are as follows
Sunset 8.08pm
Moonset 9.05pm
Crescent age. 48 hours 38 minutes
Moon lag time 58 minutes
Crescent altitude 8.39 degrees
Crescent elongation 26 degrees

The crescent will be easily visible by naked eye
According to the rulings of Ayatullah Sistani (May Allah protect him), 1st Zilhajj 1438AH will be on Thursday 24 August 2017 in most of Europe.

As for Portugal, sighting is possible on Tuesday 22 August. 1st Zilhajj will thus be on Wednesday 23 August 2017.