Singapore's MUIS Justifies May 3rd Hari Raya Aidilfitri Date
Source:Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS)
Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Singapore Mufti Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, the Republic's top Islamic leader, has explained the reason why the upcoming End of Ramadan public holiday of Singapore (also known as Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri) will be observed on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, while neighboring countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei are observing it on Monday, May 2nd, 2022 (as was also announced initially in Singapore).
In a statement, Mufti Nazirudin Mohd Nasir explains that "differences in the start of the Hijri or Islamic calendar have occurred very frequently in the past - as recently as 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2021 - and may well occur again in future" and that other countries, such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, are also observing the End of Ramadan on May 3rd.
Last autumn, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower released an amended list of non-working Singapore public holidays and bank holidays in the calendar year 2022 (2021-04-06), following the decision by MUIS to move the 2 Muslim public holidays of Singapore in the calendar year 2022 (2021-10-22, 2021-10-21 and 2020-01-13).
But, while the Indonesian Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) has indeed announced that effective in 2022, it would use new criteria for determining the hilal at the beginning of the Hijri month, as per the 2021 agreement between the Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (2022-02-23), in practice it has failed to changed the initially announced date of May 2 (2022-04-07, 2022-04-06, 2022-03-15 and 2021-09-22).
However, Malaysia, which had initially announced May 3rd as the date of its 2022 End of Ramadan public holiday (2021-07-19 and 2021-06-15), has just changed that date to Monday, May 2nd, 2022, a couple of hours ago (2022-05-01).
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