Saudi Supreme Court says Dhul-Hijjah crescent not sighted

The court had called on Muslims in the kingdom to sight the crescent on Monday evening



Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has said there were no reported sightings of the Dhul-Hijjah crescent marking the start of the month of Dhul-Hijjah 1438 H under the Islamic calendar on Monday evening.

The court had called on Muslims in the kingdom to sight the crescent with their “naked eyes or binoculars” on Sunday and report to the nearest court and register their testimony.

The court will hold another session on Tuesday evening and “issue its decision according to the testimony of witnesses, if any, on the advent of the crescent, as customary”, according to a statement to Saudi Press Agency.

It was unclear if the delay would impact the falling of this year’s Eid Al Adha holiday.

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