"O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint." Qur'an 2:183
Muslims will mark the first day of Ramadan on Thursday, 23 March 2023, according to the Saudi Supreme Court.
The holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday, authorities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced, based on the expected sighting of the crescent moon.
Saudi Arabia’s supreme court declared on Tuesday evening that Wednesday would be the last day of the Islamic calendar month of Shaban, which precedes Ramadan, meaning the Muslim holy month will begin the following day, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
( Source: Al Jazeera )
North America & Europe
According to Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) the first day of Ramadan 1444 is on Thursday, March 23, 2023, insha'Allah.
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar'i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months, including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses the criteria of the European Council of Fatwa and Research (ECFR), which are that somewhere on the globe, at the sunset, the elongation should be at least 8 degrees and moon should be at least 5 degrees above horizon. If these conditions are met, then it is certain that the moon is above the horizon and will be visible somewhere on the globe. Hence the new lunar month will start the next day, otherwise, it will start on the day following next. On the basis of this, the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr are established.
Ramadan 1444 AH: The Astronomical New Moon is on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 17:23 Universal Time. On that day, there is no place on earth where at sunset, the elongation is 8 degrees and the moon is 5 degrees above the sun. So, the first day of Ramadan 1444 is on Thursday, March 23, 2023, insha'Allah. Tarawih prayer will start on Wednesday night.
Eidul-Fitr 1444 AH: The Astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:12 Universal Time. On April 20, the elongation is more than 8 degrees and moon is more than 5 degrees above the sun everywhere in North America. Hence the first day of Shawwal is on Friday, April 21, 2023, insha'Allah.
( Source: Fiqh Council of North America )
The East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre is pleased to announce that 1 Ramadan 1444 is on Thursday 23 March 2023.
( Source: East London Mosque )
The Grand Mosque of Paris announced Thursday, March 23 as the first day of Ramadan 2023.
( Source: Morocco World )
Dar Al-Ifta, the main authority responsible for issuing religious edicts in Egypt, announced on Tuesday that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan of the Hijri year 1444 will start on Thursday 23 March.
( Source: Ahram Online )
Indonesia’s Islamic group, Muhammadiyah, which counts more than 60 million members, said that according to its astronomical calculations Ramadan will begin today (March 23).
( Source: The Star )
The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in Pakistan announced on Wednesday that the Ramadan moon had been sighted and the first of the holy month would fall on Thursday (March 23).
( Source: Dawn )
Muslims in Malaysia will begin the Ramadan dawn-to-dusk fast on Thursday (March 23), says the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal.
( Source: The Star )
According to Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), the month of Ramadan for 1444H - 2023 will commence on Thursday, 23rd of March 2023.
In Sydney, the sun will set on Wednesday, 22nd of March at 7.04pm (AEST) and the moon will appear on the same day after sunset for 26 minutes until 7.30pm, where it will disappear thereafter from the horizon. In Perth, the sun will set on Wednesday at 6.25pm (AWST) and the moon will appear on the same day after sunset for 30 minutes until 6.55pm, where it will disappear thereafter from the horizon. This allows sufficient time to sight the moon under normal conditions with the absence of all that hinders the moon from being sighted.
( Source: Australian National Imams Council )
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Ramadan 1444 AH: The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on March 21, 2023 (Tuesday) at 17:23 UT. On March 21, the moon can not be seen any where in the world. On March 22, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Far-East and parts of Europe, but can be seen easily in Africa and Americas. On March 23, it can be seen easily in the whole world ( visibility curves ).
Eid al-Fitr 1444 AH: The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on April 20, 2023 (Thursday) at 4:12 UT. On April 20, the moon can be seen with difficulty in USA and parts of Canada. On April 21, it can be easily seen in the whole world ( visibility curves ).
( Source: Moonsighting )
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