History of Establishment
At the beginning of the establishment of Sharia Astronomy Unit, its functions are performed under the responsibility of Da’wah Division of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS). Its primary role is to observe the moon at the beginning of Ramadan, Syawal and Zulhijjah in collaboration with the Department of Survey and Mapping. In addition, the division conducts other responsibilities such as determining the direction of Qibla, preparation of Hijri calendar and the determination of prayer times.
However, the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) in its meeting on 20 September 1999 decided to place the Sharia Astronomy Division under the State Mufti Department throughout Malaysia including Selangor to streamline its administration.
Accordingly, the Selangor State Council has agreed to establish Sharia Astronomy Division at Selangor Mufti Department to totally take over the duties and responsibilities the "Sharia Astronomy Unit" from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS). With the establishment of Sharia Astronomy Division, the initiatives undertaken is to appoint officials who are responsible to manage the division.
Therefore on 1 January 2001, the Selangor State Government appointed three (3) officers to serve in the Sharia Astronomy Division i.e. Islamic Affairs Officer (Grade S3), Islamic Affairs Assistant Officer (Grade S5) and Islamic Affairs Assistant (grade S7)