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Islamic New Year Begins in Saudi Arabia, UAE on July 7th

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will mark the beginning of the new Islamic year, Muharram, on Sunday, July 7th.

  • Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court confirmed the date after the moon-sighting committee determined the month of Dhu al-Hijjah will be 30 days long.
  • The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation declared July 7th a public holiday for private sector companies in observance of Muharram 1st (1446 AH).

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Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet today to determine the sighting of the Muharram moon. The Meteorological Department predicts the moon will likely not be visible today due to weather conditions.

Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, chairman of the committee, will lead the meeting to observe the moon for the first month of the Islamic calendar. Zonal and district committees will also convene for moon sighting.

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