Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court Tuesday announced
that Youm-e-Arafah - the Arafat day, which marks the climax of the annual pilgrimage
of Haj, would be on Thursday, October 25. The first day of Eid Al
Adha is on October 26, which falls on Friday.
The first day of Dhul Hijja is on Wednesday, October 17, while Haj
rituals would begin on Wednesday, October 24, the Saudi Press
Agency reported quoting a court statement.
The court said that
there were no confirmed reports about sighting of the crescent
moon on Monday evening, Dhul Qaada 29 and hence the month of Dhul
Qaada was completed 30 days Tuesday, October 16.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz
Khoja announced that this year’s major Haj rituals will be
transmitted worldwide free of cost.
In a statement to SPA, he said
that Saudi television will broadcast live the Haj rituals on
Dhul-Hijjah 9 and 10, free of cost to all Arab and Islamic
countries as well as to the rest of the world, in addition to the
Western television organizations, and international news agencies
via satellite Arabsat 5A, Asia Sat 5, MENOS system, and Intelsat