Thursday marks the first day of Islamic new year

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that Thursday, Aug. 20, is the first day of Muharram, the first month of the new Hijri year of 1442.

The court said in a statement that the crescent of the month of Muharram 1442 was sighted on Wednesday evening, Dhul Hijjah 29, corresponding to Aug. 19, according to the Umm Al-Qura calendar, the Saudi Press Agency reported. — SG


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