June 29, 2016
As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Ramadan Mubarak!
The hilal (new crescent moon) ending the month of Ramadan and beginning the month of Shawwal is projected to be sighted (by the naked eye) in the continental United States on the night of Tuesday, July 5th.
As a result, the First Day of Shawwal and the Eidul-Fitr is projected for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 (subject to a confirmed moon sighting). We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com.
For those Muslims and communities that started their first day of fasting on Tuesday, June 7th, twenty-nine days of fasting will be completed. For those Muslims and communities that started their first day of fasting on Monday, June 6th, thirty days of fasting will be completed.
The Section Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adhere to the general principle of local sighting (within the continental USA) with the naked eye. We also use Allah’s gift of science to help pinpoint when and where naked eye sightings are most probable to occur. While world-wide sightings are possible for the night of Monday, July 4th, naked eye sightings within the continental United States are most probable for Tuesday, July 5th. As a result, some Believers may be searching for the hilal on different nights. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye, please contact your local Imam who should then notify their Section Convener with the details of the sighting. Pictures and details of the sighting would be most helpful to provide additional clarification.
Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have experienced a blessed and beneficial Ramadan and have a wonderful Eidul-Fitr!