May 18, 2016
Statement on the Start of Ramadan
CONVENERS OF IMAMS
NATIONAL & MIDWEST SECTION:
Imam Bashir Ali
NEW ENGLAND SECTION:
Imam Taalib J. Mahdee
Imam Mikal Shabazz
Imam Dr. Abdel Nuriddin
Imam Yahya Islam
Imam Fahmee Sabree
Imam Wali Fardan
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As you may be aware, the hilal (new crescent moon) beginning the month of Sha’ban was sighted throughout the world and in North America on the night of May 7, 2016. Current astronomical projections indicate the month of Sha’ban is expected to run the full thirty days (through the day of June 6th).
As a result, the beginning night of the month of Ramadan is projected for June 6, 2016, with June 7th as the first day of fasting.
By tradition, however, Muslims around the world will be searching for the hilal starting Sunday evening, June 5th. In the continental USA, members of the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed will be out searching shortly after sunset on Sunday evening.
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. We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com. If a credible sighting occurs on Sunday night (June 5th), the first day of fasting will start on June 6th.
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.
Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have a blessed and beneficial Ramadan as a result of your intentions, fasting, prayers, Qur’anic reading, charity, discipline, and your gathering with other believers!