Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
As Salaamu Alaykum!
As of 10:20pm Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, the Conveners of Imams have received five reports of confirmed sightings:
The Section Conveners pray for a successful and wonderful Eid for all!
Pictures from Imam Omar Shakir
San Antonio TX
Picture from Ibrahim Abdul-Malik
Hilton Head South Carolina
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!
The recent event in Orlando, Florida that has involved and/or impacted Muslim Americans has compelled us to make an official statement to continue to address these issues.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of G-d is the best in conduct. Indeed, G-d is full of knowledge and well acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)
The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed continue to stand in solidarity with those who are appalled and condemn the brutal murder and violence, rooted in hate, against the innocent individuals in Orlando, Florida. We express our profound sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families!
Ironically, this murderous act of historic proportions took place during the holy month of Ramadan and within forty-eight hours of the memorial services of a true Muslim American hero and icon, Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali’s life exemplified the best traditions of Al-Islam. His life personified the principle of peace, the love of humanity and diversity of the human experience.
While the perpetrator of this horrific and hateful act may have struggled with his own personal demons, he also attached himself to evil extremist terror groups that associate themselves with the religion of Al-Islam. This behavior and these groups do not represent our religion!
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