Three of Islam's most holy sites, the Haram al-Sharif in Makka, the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in Madina and the Noble Sanctuary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, will start fasting on Tuesday, October 4th 2005.
According to the Islamic Shura Council of North America, it will accept a valid crescent sighting report that does not contradict astronomical data.
The available astronomical data indicates that it will be impossible to see the new crescent on October 3rd because it will be too low on the horizon in North America and will set in 5 to 14 minutes immediately after sunset.
As such the first day of Ramadan in North America will be Wednesday, October 5th, 2005.
In Europe, the Muslim minorities in France, Germany, Austria and Britain are to observe Ramadan Tuesday, October 4th 2005.
Ramadan will start on Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 in Turkey, Oman, Tunisia, Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine and Malaysia.
In Australia Muslims will also start fasting on Wednesday, according to Canberra Islamic Center.
Ramadan Kareem to all!
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Moonsighting.com - provides moon visibility curves for the current year and next year.
Data for the Fraction of the Moon Illumination by age - This page provides a way for you to obtain a table giving, for every day in a year, the fraction of the Moon's visible disk illuminated by the Sun.
Astronomical Applications department of the US Naval Observatory - lists New Moon birth times for the whole year. NB - the crescent Moon will not be visible until at least 15 hours after the birth of the New Moon.
The visibility of the crescent moon - an explanation of Moon visibility calculations from USNO
The Islamic Calendar - What does an Islamic year look like? How is an Islamic month determined?
Eid Cards - Send Ramadan greetings to your family and friends
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