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
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First, they say moon must be sighted locally. Then, local becomes the entire north america on some unexplanable basis.. then they say "those who share part of night".. if its part of night, then when its 7:30 PM EST, Its 2:30 AM in makkah.. so we not share part of night with makkah?.
Its is strange, they pre-determine that they don't plan to sight the moon at all, because according their calc moon is impossible to sight, thus we can shelf the hadith of the Messenger of Allah that says to sight the moon, or accept the witness of other muslim, because hadith is of no use in today's technology.. So, we are prepared to use science, fictions and all gadgets.. but we won't use the telephone to accept shadah from another muslim from another part of the world!. welcome unity.
While the scientific data never claimed that moon can "never" be sighted in entire North America or entire World for that matter.. but who is reading the details.
Since it is a collective matter it has to be decided by the government of that country. In case it is a non muslim country then any collective representation of the muslims can decide that.
Regarding my brothers comments that "he went through a religious disaster" I would say that he is only responsible for his own deeds. In case a collective authority of muslims makes a mistake then he will not be accountable for it. Also in case the collective representation (e.g. Government) makes a mistake then if the mistake is not done knowingly then they would also not be held accountable in the sight of GOD.
The biggest mistake would be to go against the collective representation and the majority decision if available.
Please enlighten on this!
May this holy month bring you blessings both spiritual and physical
And thank you also Shirley for that beautiful piece of spiritual advice. This is going to be a great month for spiritual growth.....
Ramadan starts today Tuesday Oct 4th regardless of geographical location. I am Moroccan & also Canadian but I never fast according to Morocco or North America's ISC reports on the sighting of the crescent although there is room for this type of decision based on hadith interpretations. I learned from a mistake sometimes in the early 1980's when we waited for the committee that is in charge of the sighting of the crescent (the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Morocco) to report to the nation the exact day we should start the fast & guess what we ended up fasting two days later along with Algeria. It means that some of us fasted only 28 days. That's total haram. Who knows may be millions of smokers wanted to sight the crescent with the naked eye as an excuse to delay the fast as much as possible. That year I fasted 29 days only plus six days of Shawwal and asked Allah for fogiveness. As a result of that religious disaster I always start the fast based on Witnesses from Muslim countries that sight the crescent first because unity for me comes first. I personally won't go as far as some extremists go & say that whoever eats today between Fajr & Maghrib without a valid reason is commiting a horrible sin but I feel that doing so deepens our divisions even more. I can't say that, because we fast Ramadan & we celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr based on the sighting of the crescent but I can say that starting the fast tomorrow based on available astronomical data in North America- although a legitimate decision- it is not heading in the direction that will lead to the unification of this divided Ummah!
Does it feel normal to you to fast the day of Eid Ul-Fitr or perform the ritual of Arafat or A'shura on two different days? Not to me! The fact that Non-Muslims ask questions such as: "How come you Muslims celebrate Ramadan and Eid Ul-Fitr on different days?" must tell you that something is wrong with our Ummah!
Sister Shirley, pls note that there r 5 schools of Fiqh.<
Assalaamu Alaikum. May Allah's Words serve as your perpetual guide and may both of you always find peace and comfort in the light of His mercy and compassion.
If saudia is fasting tuesday, I will fast tusday in USA insha Allah. the time changed from the time of the Prophet SAAW. we are now able to communicate 5000 miles away in few seconds unlike time of the Prophet. it was obvious in time of the Prophet that Allah said in the Quran whoever saw the moon should fast, that's because a moslem in Egypt will spend 7 days to reach Makkah inorder to know who saw the moon in Makkah. Alhumdulillah who gave us the brains to think with them. we know well different Islamic countries used to fast different days (in 20 century) because of their politicians who bearly practice Islam. we are now able to fear Allah instead of fearing someone who try to present himself or herself as our leader. I wish this council of North America and those alike in Europe, stop creating an image of the failure mentality of those whon subdivised the moslem ummah. some people learn little bit about Islam and they try to do something to impress this Ummah like if they are the only one able to understand Islam (after 1400).
may Allah helps us all? we may debate with saudis if they saw the moon or not but we can not say "we are not fasting because we didn't see it yet". Only one day of Arafat in Hajj. if we fast different days, we end it most of the time with different Arafat. unfortunatly, some people in America follow saudia in ARAFAT but doesn't do so in watching the moon.
I have a suggestion about such things as the timetable of Ramadhan. Sometimes there is a difference of opinion as to when it should be celebrated. I treat this in the same way as the question or whether your should raise your hands at various points whilst praying the salaat. There are 4 different schools of thought that cover such technicalities, but the thing to keep in mind is that they ARE technicalities, minor differences, and MUST NOT be allowed to weigh too heavily against the main issues. In that case, the main issue is whether you pray, which is obviously more important than which style (school of thought) you follow. In the case of Ramadhan, there is a strong belief that even if you disagree with the calculation of the date, you should fast with the rest of your community. This means the minority should reconcile themselves with the date followed by the majority in their area, as the most important thing is UNITY of the Ummah. Anything that fosters division is from Shaitan and weakens us as a community.
Welcome again, and I trust you will have found good mentors and friends in your community. Remember that ours is a religion of moderation and of community...Enjoy the added advantage of belonging to a body of brothers and sisters who you can rely on, look to for help and friendship, and build relationships with.
Be patient with yourself as you make changes in your life to bring it in line with what you want. However long a person has been a Muslim, there is always room for improvement. We are all still learning and waging our personal jihad against the weaknesses in our characters. That never stops, but Allah rewards our efforts and gives us joy in the battle.