The Scottish Hilal Forum (SHF) has announced Eid ul Adha date for 2020 under the supervision of Ulama in line with agreed Islamic criteria and including data from Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office (British Observatory).
Based on the agreed criteria:
Eid ul-Adha will be on Friday, 31st of July 2020/هـ1441 insha Allah.
SHF, by Ulama agreeing on Islamic and Scientific criteria, has been able to announce the required dates ahead of time, allowing the community to plan ahead while keeping united.
Scottish Hilal Forum agreed that the Shara’i new month is ascertained if the following conditions are satisfied:
- The conjunction must have actually occurred.
- The moonset follows sunset.
- The visibility falls either in Category A or B or C for either Makkah, or any city in the UK or any city in North, North West, West, South and South West African countries.
- The city that is chosen in the regions/ counties mentioned above in the point 3 for the start of Hijri month must be same for the end of Hijri month.
We can safely determine Friday, 31st of July 2020 as the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah ذو الحجة هـ1441. According to Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO), the visibility falls in the following categories on 20th and 21st July 2020:
|Moon Visibility on 20th and 21st July 2020|
|Monday, 20 July 2020||Tuesday, 21 July 2020|
|City||Visibility||Lag time (minutes)||Visibility||Lag time (minutes)|
|Cape Town – South Africa||B||49|
|Dakar – Senegal||F||6||A||60|
|Accra – Ghana||F||1||A||57|
|Freetown – Sierra Leone||F||4||A||59|
It should be noted that the moon will be born on 20th July 2020 but according to the British Observatory, it will be in Category ‘F’ for the cities/ countries listed above, which means it will be below the Danjon limit, not visible even with the help of a telescope.