We are aware of the date in Saudi Arabia. However, it is clear after our correspondence with our representatives in Saudi Arabia that the Mu?arram date is based on the taqwim (pre-calculated calendar) and not official religious moon sighting and neither a declaration by the Qadhi (Judge) of the Supreme Court, since the Supreme Court only makes public official moon sighting announcements for 3 months, Ramadan, Shawwal and Dhul ?ijjah. Whatever is circulated on the internet, according to our assessment is not from the Islamic judge of the Supreme Court in Saudia Arabia. Any countries who have declared the early start of Muharram have based their decision on the Saudi date. All those adhering to traditional moon sighting, internationally have commenced the new year a day later.

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