The Perak Mufti Department has organized a program called "Program Rukyah Hilal Zulhijjah 1436H, located in Baitul Hilal, Pantai Pasir Panjang, Segari on 13th September 2015( 29 Zulkaedah). It aims to determine the date of the beginning of Zulhijjah and set the date of Idul'adha which falls 10 days later that is the 10th of Zulhijjah. The start date of Zulhijjah is determined by the imkanur rukyah method which is practised in Malaysia. The program also aims to give exposure to the public about astronomy in particular relating to the rukyah methods in determining the new moon.

There was about five hundred guests in attendance, starting at 4.30pm. Among those present were:
1) The Chief Justice of the Perak Syariah Judicial Department,
2) Director of the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPK),
3) Manjung District Officer,
4) The Orang Besar Jajahan Kinta
5) The Syariah High Court Judge Perak
At 6.00 pm, the program started with the recitation of tahlil and doa led by Y. Bhg. S.S. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Harussani bin Haji Zakaria, the Mufti of Perak. After the doa recital, the program continued with the briefing of Rukyah Hilal Zulhijjah 1436H. The briefing was delivered by Ustazah Fatimah binti Ayoub, Assistant Falak Officer of the Perak Mufti Department. The program continued with observation sessions along the coast. The Rukyah sessions was conducted by the Mufti of Perak at 7:21 pm, followed by other guests of honor. After the rukyah sessions ended, SS Mufti contacted the Keeper of the Rulers to inform of the rukyah decision, using telecommunication services provided by Telekom Malaysia (TM). Guests are also allowed to see the new moon with tools and apparatus provided by the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM). The program continued with Maghrib prayers led by A.F. Ustaz Mohammad Khairul Anuar bin Mat Isa, Buhuth Officer of the Perak Mufti Department. After the Maghrib prayers, the program ended with dinner. Thank God, with God's permission and the program can run smoothly. We wish all the good work gets the pleasure and blessings from Him. Amen.

Source: Maktabah Division of Perak Mufti Department.

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