|‘Fasting begins only after moon sighted’
|MAKKAH: The Saudi Council of Senior Scholars has rejected the demand that the beginning and end of lunar months should be determined on the basis of astronomical calculations.
“Shariah does not accept astronomical calculations based on mathematical computing as the basis for the beginning and ending of Ramadan,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the council
Beginning of Ramadan Based on Sighting of New Moon
Zaytuna Institute adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here for Zaytuna’s Statement Concerning the Determination of Islamic Dates and the Beginning of Ramadan.
Zaytuna Institute encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Sunday night in anticipation of the beginning of the sacred month of Ramadan. However, Muslim astronomers have indicated that it is very unlikely that the new moon will be sightable anywhere in North America on Sunday evening. We are thus anticipating the sighting of the moon and the start of Ramadan to occur on Monday night with the first day of the fast on Tuesday (Sept. 2), in sha Allah.
The crescent would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.
Please check the Zaytuna website for regular updates, moon sighting reports, and an additional resources for Ramadan. We will post our final determination regarding the start of Ramadan on Sunday at 9:00pm PST. For more info on moon sighting, please visit www.crescentwatch.org.