Idul Adha to Take Place on 1 September 2017
The Government, through Ministry of Religious Affairs, has decided that the first day of Dzulhijjah 1438 H shall begin on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Thus, Idul Adha will take place on Friday, 1 September 2017.
The decision was made in an isbat meeting that was started with monitoring 70 spots of hilal (the new crescent moon) in a number of areas in Indonesia. The isbat meeting that took place in H.M. Rasjidi Auditorium, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta, was led by Secretary General of Ministry of Religious Affairs accompanied by the Chairman of MUI (Indonesian Ulema Council), Chairman of Commission VIII of the House of Representatives Ali Taher Parasong, and Director General for Guidance of the Islamic Community Muhamadiyah Amin.
In his press statement after the meeting, the Secretary General, Nur Syam, said hilal can be seen in 10 spots out of 70 spots that have been monitored.
The height of hilal in Indonesias territory is all above the horizon, between 06° (six degrees) to 08° (eight degrees). This data is also supported by reports from 70 spots of hilal in all over Indonesia. Therefore, this isbat meeting has decided that 1 Dzulhijjah 1438 H will take place on Wednesday, 23 August 2017, so 10 Dzulhijjah 1438 H shall fall on Friday, 1 September 2017, Nur Syam said.
Nur Syam added that the Ministry of Religious Affairs invited all Moslems to increase their intention to donate and to sacrifice because it is the spirit of Idul Adha.
At the same place, the Chairman of Commission VIII thanked the apparatus in the Ministry of Religious Affairs as well as related parties for their hard work to make the meeting successful.
As usual, the isbat meeting was started with a presentation from the member of Hisab Rukyat Team, Cecep Nurwendaya, from Jakarta Planetarium, who explained about the position of hilal in Indonesian territory as well as in other countries.
Besides high-ranking officials and Islamic mass organizations, the meeting was also attended by ambassadors from friendly countries, representatives from the Supreme Court, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Bosscha Institute, Planetarium, and related institutions, as well as astronomy experts from Islamic mass organizations. (HUMAS KEMENAG/EN) (MMB/YM/Naster)