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First day of Ramadan will be Wednesday, August 11, 2010
and Eid ul-Fitr on Friday, September 10, 2010, 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 (FCNA) and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) recognize astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. The FCNA & ECFR use Makkah al-Mukarramah as a conventional point, and take the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and the moon must set after sunset in Makkah.

On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr for the year 1431 AH are established as follows:

    • 1st of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
      1st of Shawwal, which marks the start of Eid ul-Fitr, will be on Friday, September 10, 2010.
  • Ramadan 1431 AH:
    The Astronomical New Moon is on August 10, 2010 (Tuesday) at 11:08 am Makkah Time. Sunset in Makkah on August 10 is at 6:55 pm. On that day, the Topocentric Altitude of the moon in Makkah at sunset is 1.6 degrees. Therefore, the first day of Ramadan is on August 11, 2010 (Wednesday), making the first Tarawih prayer to be on the night of Tuesday August 10, 2010.

    Eid ul-Fitr 1431 AH:

    The Astronomical New Moon is on September 8, 2010 (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm Makkah Time. Sunset in Makkah on September 8 is at 6:31 pm. On that day, the moon in Makkah at sunset is below the horizon. Therefore, the first day of Shawwal, which marks the start of Eid ul-Fitr is on Friday, September 10, 2010, 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.fiqhcouncil.org or www.moonsighting.com

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
    Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America

    We’ve been all patiently waiting and with Ramadan just around the corner InshaAllah, Talibiddeen Jr. just announced its new and revamped TJ Ramadan site.

    Name: Laura Provencher
    Institutional Affiliation: Graduate Student at the University of Arizona Department of Near Eastern Studies

    “Night of the Moon”
    Grades: K-5
    This is a multi-disciplinary lesson based on the book “Night of the Moon,” which involves reading, social studies (learning about the Muslim celebration of Ramadan), science (phases of the moon), and Language Arts (homophones, homonyms).

    * Read-A-Loud
    * Exploring Phases of the Moon
    * Homophones & Homonyms

    In Muslim nations and regions around the globe, this is the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for followers to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity during the day, breaking their fast each sunset, with traditional meals and sweets. During this time, Muslims are also encouraged to read the entire Quran, to give freely to those in need, and strengthen their ties to God through prayer. The goal of the fast is to teach humility, patience and sacrifice, and to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future. This year, Ramadan will continue until Saturday, September 19th.

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/08/ramadan_2009.html

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