Fiqh Council of North America announces Ramadan

(July 21, 2009) – The Fiqh Council of North America has announced that the first day of Ramadan will be Saturday, August 22, 2009.

The Council recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.

“On the basis of this method, the dates of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr for the year 1430 AH are established as follows:1st of Ramadan will be on Saturday, August 22, 2009 and the 1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, September 20, 2009,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America in its press release.

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