Ramadan 2012 in North America

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Based on the criteria for determining the beginning of Islamic Lunar months established by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR)

1st of Ramadan will be on Friday, July 20, 2012

1st of Shawwal (Eid Al-Fitr) will be on Sunday, August 19, 2012

May Allah keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers.

For more detailed information, please visit: www.fiqhcouncil.org or www.moonsighting.com.

Ramadan Kareem to all!

Some mosques and communities may observe different criteria for determining the start of the lunar month. Please confirm with your local moon-sighting authorities to determine when to start Ramadan.

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The Great Mosque of Algiers is square in shape with a row of white marble columns joined by arches along the side facing the street. The interior of the mosque is a series of hallways, passages and rooms, with the common theme of pillars and archways throughout the building. Intricate mosaics adorn the floors and walls. The main building looks onto a courtyard, across from the galleries and prayer hall. The prayer hall is divided into 11 naves, each covered by a double sloping roof. The original mihrab - an arched niche indicating the direction of Mecca - was destroyed during a conflict in 1682 and the replacement mihrab has as its only decoration, two small spiral columns flanking it.

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  2 Comments   Comment

  1. khan from US


    (i) "Fast (Muslims) when you see the crescent; if it is obscure to you, then complete thirty

    days in the count of Sha`ban. And break your fast when you see the crescent; if it is

    obscure to you, then fast thirty days. " [Recorded by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and others;

    Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, `Aa'ishah, `Adiyy Bin Haatim, Huthayfah, Ibn `Abbaas, Ibn

    `Umar, Jabir Bin `Abdillah, and other Sahaabah.]

    HISTORY / Prophet's tradition

    Islamic month and rituals are based on the Crescent (Sighting by naked eye or any

    device?). This is in Islam and is a tradition in Islam and in the history of all Muslims (Salafs,

    Khalafs and present).

    (A) Prophet (s), His companions and all Muslims observed and continued the Islamic rituals

    based on Crescent-sighting and made no changes even after (i) change of Qiblah in 2AH

    (b) Conquest of Makkah in 7AH (iii) Hajj became obligatory in 9AH.

    (B) After Prophet's death, 4 caliphs and companions lived for many years. The original

    Sunnah/Hadiths of Moon-sighting and related rituals not changed even by Omar (ra).

    (C)There is no Daleel/Evidence that indicates that Muslims in History (Prophets, Caliphs,

    Imams, Scholars, Rulers etc.) tried to link or to determine Islamic months (Eid and Islamic

    rituals) with astronomical calculations or Saudi Arabia announcements,declarations

    (whatever it is) for all Muslims worldwide.


    a) In the Tafseer of Al-Qurtabi, Ibn Nafi'e (ra) reported that Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) said:

    "If you see an Imam who does not begin and end fasting by way of sighting, but begins

    fasting by calculation, he should not be followed in prayer or emulated."

  2. khan from US

    Starting of an Islamic month without physical Crescent Sighting/ Crescent Sighting News

    is UnIslamic (against Sunnah). Please give a Daleel from Quran, Sunnah, Ahaditt, Tabiun

    and Tabey Tabiun or even any Fiqh of any Imam that says to start month before any

    Crescent sighting news or start Islamic month without Crescent being sighted anywhere in

    the world.

    Based on the criteria for determining the beginning of Islamic Lunar months established

    by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the European Council for Fatwa and


    SUNNAH AND NOTHING ELSE... This is crystal clear in Sunnah and Ahadith and history of


    Please check ECFR (European Council of Fatwa Research(same FCNA) and KSA have

    adopted to start the Islamic month based on first Crescent Sighting anywhere in the world

    that is know as Ittehad ul Matalee. They do not follow the fabricated criteria of FCNA/ISNA.

    Islam(Quran and Sunnah) is universal and has no boundaries and Muslim Ummah is ONE

    and we must follow first crescent sighing anywhere in the world..