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Eid ul Adha 2019 in Southall

Wed 07 Aug 2019
Will all of Southall and the UK be celebrating Eid ul Adha on the same day, Sunday 11 August 2019?

Saudi Arabia Supreme Court announced that Friday 2 August 2019 is 1st of Zul-Hijja, Arafah would be on Saturday, August 10 and Eid al-Adha is on Sunday, 11 August 2019.

This is based on the assumption that a moon crescent was visible and seen around sunset on 1 August 2019 and therefore Friday 2 August 2019 is the 1st of Zul-Hijja .

The London Central Mosque, which simply follows Saudi Arabia, has announced that "We are pleased to announce to the whole Muslim Community in the UK that Sunday 11 August 2019 is the day of Eid al-Adha and the 10th of Dhul-Hijja 1440 Hijri."

For the sake of unity all the mosques in Southall will be celebrating Eid ul Adha on Sunday 11 August 2019, not because there was a reliable sighting of the moon on 1 August 2019.

The Eid ul Adha salah/prayer times are:
Jamia Masjid, Townsend Rd : 6:15am, 7:15am, 8:15am, 9:15am and 10:30am.
AbuBakr Masjid, The Broadway: 6:30am, 8:00am, 9:15am and 10:30am
Central Jamia Masjid, Montague Waye: 6:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am and 10:00am

On Eid-ul-Fitr it is recommended to eat something before going for Eid prayers. On Eid-ul-Adha is recommended to eat after the Eid prayers. On both occasion, after the Eid prayers, one should return home via a different route.

The Eid prayers are not compulsory for Muslims but the 5 times daily prayers are.

Eid Mubarak

Saudia Arabia does not state that other countries should follow their conclusions. The London Central mosque, which is funded by Saudi Arabia, does not ask/instruct any other mosque in the UK to follow their conclusions/instructions.

According to "The crescent visibility map below for Dhul Hijjah 1440 shows that moon will be born on 1 August 2019 at 03:12 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible to the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date."

"Hence, the month of Dhul Hijjah is most likely to start from 3 August 2019 (so Eid-ul Adha is likely to be on Monday 12 August 2019)"

But Saudi Arabia is full of surprises. Saudi Arabia has eleven moonsighting committees. These committees are UNABLE to see a moonset when the Royal Observatory (London) says that it is NOT possible to see one. Yet, each year the same individuals claim to have seen the moonset when ALL others have failed to see it and it is NOT possible to see it. The Saudi Authorities accept moonsighting claims by any person irrespective of whether it is possible to see one or not.

There are around 2,000 mosques in the UK. The New Crescent Society is making a list of mosques celebrating Eid on Monday 12 August 2019. So far the list is greater than 280.

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