Based on astronomical calculations by the Qatar Calendar House, 12 August (Sunday) will mark the beginning of Dhul Hijjah 1439 H.T he new crescent of Dhul Hijjah of 1439 H will appear on 29 Dhul Qa’da (11 August) at 12:59pm, Doha local time, which is the day of the sighting, indicating the next day will be the start of the new month in which the pilgrimage Hajj will take place.
This decision on Dhul Hijjah is legitimised by the Crescent Sighting Committee at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
Astronomy expert at Qatar Calendar House Dr. Beshir Marzouk said that crescent of Dhul Hijjah of 1439H will be born after the sun’s partial eclipse reaches its peak on Saturday at 12:46pm, the moment before the birth of the Dhul Hijjah crescent.
He also pointed out that Dhul Hijjah crescent moon of 1439 H will disappear from the skies of Doha on 11 August (Saturday), the day of the sighting, at 6.23pm, while the sun will set at 6.12 pm. This means the crescent will remain visible in the sky after the sunset in Doha for 11 minutes.
Therefore, Saturday, 11 August, is the end of Dhul Qa’da 1439 H and Sunday, 12 August, is the beginning of Dhul Hijjah 1439 H.
Source: The Peninsula
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