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Indonesia Switches To New MABIMS Criteria For Muslim Public Holidays

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: June 2, 2022


The Indonesian Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) has announced that effective in 2022, it would use new criteria for determining the hilal at the beginning of the Hijri month, as per the agreement between the Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2021.

Last autumn, Singapore's MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) had similarly decided to implement new lunar visibility criteria and therefore change the date of the 2 Muslim public holidays of Singapore in 2022 (2021-10-22, 2021-10-21 and 2021-04-06).

In its communique, MUIS stated that "The highest Islamic authorities of Brunei Darussalam, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia and Republic of Singapore have agreed to adopt revised criteria of the astronomical calculation for the determination of the Islamic calendar from year 2022 onwards.", and we had been expecting today's announcement by Indonesia since then.

The above changes will affect the list of 2022 public holidays in Indonesia, which was initially announced last September (2021-09-22).

In particular, the Head of Sub-Directorate of Hisab Rukyat and Sharia of the Directorate General of Islamic Community Guidance, Ismail Fahmi, explained that "it is predicted that there will be changes in the beginning of Ramadan and Zulhijah 1443 H and Safar 1444 H. We will change it according to the new criteria, then disseminate it to the public.".



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