Is Saudi Arabia following the Sunnah, the Jews, or Microsoft?

Starting Date of Hijri Months

By AbdurRahman


Official Beginning of the
Hijri Month
according to the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hebrew Calendar
Date
of the same day
Correct Date
according to
verifiable
sighting
in the
Arabian
Peninsula
Saudi
Umm Al-Qura
calculated
date
Microsoft
Kuwaiti
Algorithm
(calculations)
7 Mar 2000  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1420  30 Adar I 5760  8 Mar 2000  7 Mar 2000  6 Mar 2000 
16 Nov 2001  1 Ramadān 1422  1 Kislev 5762  17 Nov 2001  16 Nov 2001  16 Nov 2001 
16 Dec 2001  1 Shawwal 1422  1 Tevet 5762  17 Dec 2001  16 Dec 2001  16 Dec 2001 
13 Feb 2002  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1422  1 Adar 5762  14 Feb 2002  13 Feb 2002  13 Feb 2002 
6 Nov 2002  1 Ramadān 1423  1 Kislev 5763  7 Nov 2002  6 Nov 2002  5 Nov 2002 
5 Dec 2002  1 Shawwal 1423  30 Kislev 5763  6 Dec 2002  5 Dec 2002  5 Dec 2002 
2 Feb 2003  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1423  30 Sh'vat 5763  3 Feb 2003  2 Feb 2003  2 Feb 2003 
27 Oct 2003  1 Ramadān 1424  1 Cheshvan 5764  27 Oct 2003  26 Oct 2003  26 Oct 2003 
25 Nov 2003  1 Shawwal 1424  30 Cheshvan 5764  26 Nov 2003  25 Nov 2003  25 Nov 2003 
23 Jan 2004  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1424  29 Tevet 5764  24 Jan 2004  23 Jan 2004  23 Jan 2004 
15 Oct 2004  1 Ramadān 1425  30 Tishrei 5765  16 Oct 2004  15 Oct 2004  14 Oct 2004 
13 Nov 2004  1 Shawwal 1425  29 Cheshvan 5765  14 Nov 2004  14 Nov 2004  13 Nov 2004 
12 Jan 2005  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1425  2 Sh'vat 5765  12 Jan 2005  12 Jan 2005  11 Jan 2005 
4 Oct 2005  1 Ramadān 1426  1 Tishrei 5766  6 Oct 2005  4 Oct 2005  4 Oct 2005 
3 Nov 2005  1 Shawwal 1426  1 Cheshvan 5766  4 Nov 2005  3 Nov 2005  3 Nov 2005 
2 Dec 2005  1 Ðūl Qa‘idah 1426  1 Kislev 5766  3 Dec 2005  2 Dec 2005  2 Dec 2005 
1 Jan 2006  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1426  1 Tevet 5766  2 Jan 2006  1 Jan 2006  1 Jan 2006 
23 Sep 2006  1 Ramadān 1427  1 Tishrei 5767  24 Sep 2006  24 Sep 2006  23 Sep 2006 
23 Oct 2006  1 Shawwal 1427  1 Cheshvan 5767  24 Oct 2006  23 Oct 2006  23 Oct 2006 
21 Dec 2006  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1427  30 Kislev 5767  22 Dec 2006  22 Dec 2006  21 Dec 2006 
13 Sep 2007  1 Ramadān 1428  1 Tishrei 5768  14 Sep 2007  13 Sep 2007  12 Sep 2007 
12 Oct 2007  1 Shawwal 1428  30 Tishrei 5768  14 Oct 2007  13 Oct 2007  12 Oct 2007 
10 Dec 2007  1 Ðūl Ĥijjah 1428  1 Tevet 5768  12 Dec 2007  11 Dec 2007  10 Dec 2007 
1 Sep 2008  1 Ramadān 1429  1 Elul 5768  2 Sep 2008  1 Sep 2008  31 Aug 2008 
30 Sep 2008  1 Shawwal 1429  1 Tishrei 5769  2 Oct 2008  1 Oct 2008  30 Sep 2008 
Official Beginning of the
Hijri Month
according to the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hebrew Calendar
Date
of the same day
Correct Date
according to
verifiable
sighting
in the
Arabian
Peninsula
Saudi
Umm Al-Qura
calculated
date
Microsoft
Kuwaiti
Algorithm
(calculations)

‡ Sighting was possible due to a confirmed sighting east of the Arabian peninsula, but was not reported by any known Hilāl sighting committee member in the Arabian peninsula.

If the first two columns above were orange, then we could say Saudi Arabia follows the Sunnah, i.e. actual verifiable sighting. Based on reports by qualified observers in the Arabian Peninsula and the overwhelming evidence that announcements correspond either to calculations and/or the Jewish calendar, it becomes readily apparent that something is seriously wrong!


The Hebrew Calendar is a calculated calendar based on the “new moon” (when it is born, i.e. before it becomes a thin crescent). How can Saudi Arabia announce the sighting of a crescent on six separate occasions (5 Dec 2002, 2 Feb 2003, 25 Nov 2003, 13 Nov 2004, 21 Dec 2006, 12 Oct 2007) before the Jews had even finished their month?


Sighting Dates Precede the Actual Hijri Date by One Day!

Since the day starts at Maghrib in Islam, and crescent sightings are always made after Maghrib, we take the next day’s date in the Gregorian calendar when we speak about Hijri dates. For instance, in the first photograph listed below, the actual 1st of Ramadān 1426 is not 4 Oct 2005, rather it is 5 Oct 2005, since we go by the majority of the Islamic day in the realm of the Western timeframe (12 Midnight to sunset; about 18 hours usually).

1 Ramadan 1426 / 5 Oct 2005

How could they possibly sight this in Saudi Arabia on 3 Oct 2005?


1 Ðūl Qa‘idah 1426 / 3 Dec 2005

From this sighting, it is apparent that 29 Ðūl Qa‘idah 1426 = 31 Dec 2005, so why didn't Saudi Arabia do what they said they were going to do when they announced on 31 Dec 2005 that they were going to complete 30 days of Ðūl Qa‘idah? That would make the first of Ðūl Ĥijjah 2 Jan 2006, not 1 Jan 2006 like they announced!


1 Shawwal 1427 / 24 Oct 2006

You see, if you fail to start all 12 months of the year by sighting the new crescent, then you will never know when the 29th day is, so that you can look for it at the correct time. Look at this picture and compare it to this strange statment. It's pretty obvious. If you start your Ramadān a day too early, then how can you have your Īd-ul-Fitr on the correct day?

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