For the first time since the Hijri calendar issuance IACAD launches E-Hijri calendar 1442 AH
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August xx 2020: Since its establishment fifty years ago, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department has been working to spread and promote moderate Islamic values and develop charitable work and mosque architecture in accordance with international best practices. One of the most important features of IACAD is the issuance of the official Hijri and Gregorian calendars for Dubai.
IACAD has announced the launch of the Hijri calendar for the year 1442 electronically without the public need to visit IACAD and without any additional fees for using this service.
“The Hijri calendar is an important part of the Islamic cultural system, as Muslims have been chronicling the calendar since the succession of Omar bin Al-Khattab, and the issuance of the Hijri calendar for Dubai goes back to Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum era. The first issuance of it was in 1393 AH, 1973, in order to fix the history of the government registry.” His Excellency Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al-Shaibani, Director General of IACAD said.
“A group of specialists are working together to set prayer times in Dubai and its suburbs, such as Hatta, Al-Habab, Al-Lisili, Margham, Muraqib, Al-Faqaa. As well as a set of sermons, aphorisms, dates of religious and national events and official holidays during the year 1442 AH (2020-2021), which contributes in spreading the spirit of tolerance, coexistence and achieving more social cohesion among all segments of society.” His Excellency added.
The Hijri calendar also displays scientific and astronomical updates and environmental information added to its contents. The most important thing that Imsaak for the holy month of Ramadan, as well as a set of important dates for the Muslim community, such as the date of fasting Ashura, the Prophet’s birthday, and the beginning of Ramadan, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, and the date of Eid al-Adha.
“Notebook Calendar” for religious and astronomical information
Dr. Omar Muhammad Al-Khatib, Executive Director of the Islamic Affairs Sector confirmed that IACAD is working continuously to provide the best religious, jurisprudential and social information, and that the Calendar Unit in the Research Department provides the notebook calendar at the beginning of each new Hijri year, as a guide to benefit the reader.
“The notebook calendar is talking about the stages of the Prophet’s biography and some major historical events that constituted major junctions and transformations in the life of the Islamic nation. It also a summary to the zodiac and horoscopes according to their chronological order to know the seasons and climatic features for planting seeds, fruit, vegetable trees, the cuttings of date palms and flowers, the ripeness of their fruits and the time of their harvest.” Al-Khatib added, “along with the knowledge of the rainy season, the proliferation of fish and their availability in the markets, and the season of fishing, and all this is a matter of expectation and possibility according to the apparent causes.”
Developing IACAD services to enhance its digital transformation
“The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department is keen to support Dubai’s paperless strategy in order to enhance its online presence with the aim of developing its services in building digital and electronic trends in compliance with the directives of the leadership.” Buti Abdullah Al-Jumairi, Executive Director of the Corporate Support Sector, added, “For the first time since the calendar issuance, IACAD launches the calendar as a soft copy, as the calendar was printed in previous years.”
The Executive Director of the Corporate Support Sector confirmed that the calendar would be available through social media platform as a quick, safe and easy procedure. It also comes in line with IACAD adherence to the precautionary measures to ensure the security and safety of the community members without the need to visit IACAD.
The public can view the daily Hijri calendar for the year 1442 AH through http://www.iacad.gov.ae, and through the IACAD official social media platforms, in addition to subscribing to IACAD social service starting from the new Hijri year. Call the toll free number 800600 for more inquiries.