First day of Ramadan will be Thursday, June 18, 2015 and Eid al-Fitr on Friday, July 17, 2015, insha'Allah.
"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
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shara’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.
On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1436 AH are established as follows:
1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday, June 18, 2015
1st of Shawwal will be on Friday, July 17, 2015
Ramadan 1436 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon is on June 16, 2015 (Tuesday) at 14:05 Universal Time (5:05 p.m. Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on June 16 is at 7:04 p.m., while moonset is at 6:56 p.m. Moon is born before sunset in Makkah and moonset is before sunset. Therefore first day of Ramadan is not on June 17, but is on June 18, 2015 (Thursday), insha'Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Wednesday night.
Eid ul-Fitr 1436 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon is on July 16, 2015 (Thursday) at 1:24 Universal Time. (4:24 a.m. on July 16, Makkah time). On July 16, Thursday, sunset at Makkah is 7:06 p.m. and moonset is 7:18 p.m. Moon is born before sunset in Makkah and moon sets after sunset. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is July 17, 2015 (Friday), insha'Allah.
May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path, and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen. For more detailed information, please visit: www.moonsighting.com
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