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| 19 September, 2017

Hijri New Year likely to begin on September 21

A minaret of a mosque is pictured during sunset on the first day of the New Islamic Hijri year 1438 in old Islamic Cairo, Egypt October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A minaret of a mosque is pictured during sunset on the first day of the New Islamic Hijri year 1438 in old Islamic Cairo, Egypt October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai has released the calendar for Hijri 1439.

According to the calendar, the first day of Muharram 1439 will be September 21, 2017 (click here for the calendar).

The official announcement will be subject to the sighting of the moon.

The UAE on has launched a unified Hijri calendar ahead of the new Islamic year, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced.

Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of chairman of the Board of trustees of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, told a press conference on Tuesday that the unified Hijri calendar was based on Shariah and astronomical principles.

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"The project is a result of three years of comparative field studies and review of industry best practices by a group of UAE, Arab and Islamic scholars, and specialists in physics, space and astronomy, specialised committees and work groups," he said.

"The project will cover all emirates, taking into consideration sharia conditions and scientific results that affect calculation of prayer timings," he stated, while unveiling the Hijri calendar of 1439 at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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