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!
Why is there a Eid Mubarak at the end of an outdated statement! We have been at this too long to not have a clear message as to whether the fast is over or not . W are depending on decisive leadership to help facilitate our move forward in the future.
As Salaamu Alaykum brother Mumin.
Why do you think the statement is outdated? If you are determining your dates by sightings or calculations for overseas, then you may conclude Eid is a day earlier than what was announced by the Conveners. However, we base our determinations on physical sightings in the continental USA and therefore often celebrate a day later than our brothers overseas. While confirming physical sightings often cannot be done until later in the night, announcements can’t be made until thereafter. So, the announcements are provided as clearly and expeditiously as possible. Please explain why you feel the announcement was outdated.