Statement on the Start of Ramadan 2017


National Convener
Imam Bashir Ali

Midwest Section
Imam Bashir Ali

New England Section
Imam Taalib Mahdee

Northeast Section
Imam Mikal Shabazz

Mid-Atlantic Section
Imam Dr. Abdel Nuriddin

Southern Section
Imam Yahya Islam

Southwest Section
Imam Fahmee Sabree

Western Section
Imam Wali Fardan


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Statement on the Start of Ramadan


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 April 27, 2017. Current astronomical projections indicate the month of Sha’ban is th expected to run the full thirty days (through the day of May 26 ). In addition, the hilal of the month of Ramadan is also projected for the evening of May 26. 

As a result, the beginning night of the month of Ramadan is th projected for Friday, May 26, 2017, with Saturday, May 27  as the first day of fasting.

By tradition, however, Muslims around the world will be searching for the hilal th starting Thursday evening, May 25.  In the continental USA, members of the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed will be out searching shortly after sunset on Thursday 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: While it is unlikely, if a credible sighting occurs on Thursday night (May 25 ), the first day of fasting will start on May 26.

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!

Ramadan Mubarak!

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