The Scottish Hilal Forum (SHF) has announced Eid ul Adha date for 2022 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 Sunday, 10th of July 2022/1443 هـ 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 Sunday, 10th of July 2022 as the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah ذو الحجة 1443 هـ. According to Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO), the visibility falls in the following categories on 29th and 30th of June 2022:
|Moon Visibility on Wednesday 29th June and Thursday 30th June 2022|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2022||Thursday, 30 June 2022|
|City||Visibility||Lag time (minutes)||Visibility||Lag time (minutes)|
|Cape Town – South Africa||F||10||A||65|
|Dakar – Senegal||D||37||A||85|
|Accra – Ghana||F||31||A||80|
|Freetown – Sierra Leone||E||34||A||83|
First Dhul Hijja will be on Friday, 1st July 2022 and Eid al Adha will be on Sunday, 10th July 2022, insha Allah.
It should be noted that the moon will be born on 29 June 2022 but according to the British Observatory, it will be in either Category ‘D’ or ‘E’ or ‘F’ for the cities/ countries listed above, which means it will be either below the Danjon limit, not visible even with the help of a telescope or if it will be above the Danjon limit but will definitely require telescope to see the moon.