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Announcement for Ramadan-Shawwal 1445

“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 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.

Based on these calculations, the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr are established. May Allah (swt) keep us on the right path and accept our fasting and prayers. Ameen.

For Eidul Adha, the Fiqh Council of North America decided that the determination of the date of Eidul Adha will be contingent on the announcement by the Hajj authorities in Makkah of the day of ‘Arafah, in which case Eidul Adha will be the day following the day of ‘Arafah.

Ramadan 1445 AH: 
The Astronomical New Moon is on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 9:00 Universal Time. On that day, the elongation is more than 8 degrees and moon is more than 5 degrees above the sun everywhere in North America. Therefore, the first day of Ramadan 1445 is on Monday, March 11, 2024, insha’Allah. Tarawih prayer will start on Sunday night.

Eidul-Fitr 1445 AH:
The Astronomical New Moon is on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 18:21 Universal Time. On April 8, there is no place on earth where at sunset the elongation is 8 degrees and moon is 5 degrees above the sun. Hence the first day of Shawwal is on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, insha’Allah.

Expected date for Eidul-Adha 1445 AH, based on Saudi Ummul-Qura Calendar is Sunday, June 16, 2024

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