Tobaski to be Celebrated on the 1st September

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The Supreme Islamic Council of the Gambia has announced that the Islamic feast of Eid-Al-Adha, commonly known as Tobaski, is Friday, 1 September 2017, as Arafat is Thursday.

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, it was impossible to see the Crescent with naked eye in Senegambia, in Africa and Asia because the moon set before the Sun. For Americas, there was a solar eclipse of the Sun that day, the Moon was not observable. It was only overnight Tuesday, August 22nd that it was possible to see the new moon with naked eye in Senegambia area. The Supreme Islamic council therefore fixed the Tabaski on September 1st.

Neighboring country Senegal, is again moving toward two Tobaski, after the two Koriteh. the National Commission led by Mourchid Ahmed Iyan Thiam has declared that Tobaski 2017 will be celebrated on Saturday, September 2nd, whereas the Association for the Promotion of astronomy (ASPA) believes it will be September 1st.

The Eid al-Adha is Islam’s holiest festival celebrated annually around the world and is an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries. Eid al-Adha in Arabic literally means “festival of the sacrifice”, and for Muslims, it commemorates the day when prophet Abraham was going to sacrifice his son but was instructed by God to offer an animal instead.  Eid al-Adha is also the third day of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

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