Physical sighting: Yanabi.com has announced that except in a few places the new crescent was not visible until Sunday therefore they argue that Monday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah, and â€˜Arafat (fasting) on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah is Tuesday November 16th, and â€˜Eid is Wednesday November 16th.
Saudi Arabia: The Fiqh Council of North America reports (and many other online sources also report, including fatwa-online and other Muslim sites) that the hajj authorities (â€œHigh Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabiaâ€) have determined that Sunday November 8th was the first day of Dhul Hijjah 1431, and that Arafat will be Monday the 14th, and â€˜Eid Tuesday November 15th.
Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA / ISNA): The Fiqh Council of North Americaâ€™s decision regarding â€˜Eidul Adha is to follow the Saudi announcement regarding â€˜Eidul Adha because â€˜Eidul Adha and the performance of Hajj are connected and the Saudi government makes official pronouncements about when Hajj begins. FCNA therefore determines Dhul Hijjah began Sunday November 7th, and that â€˜Eidul Adha will be Tuesday November 16th.
(We apologizeâ€”on Tuesday November 9th we corrected this last paragraph. We originally said FCNAâ€™s â€˜Eid would be â€œWednesday November 16thâ€ â€“ we should have said â€œTuesday November 16thâ€)
The â€˜ulama say the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are a very blessed time for worship!