(July 6, 2013) – Tuesday, July 9th will be the first day of Ramadan, according to the Fiqh Council of North America.
The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.
FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah.
On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for the year 1434 AH are established as follows:
1st of Ramadan will be on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
1st of Shawwal will be on Thursday, August 8th, 2013
For more detailed information, please visit: www.fiqhcouncil.org
Meanwhile, for Muslims who are following the actual sighting of the moon with the naked eye in North America and countries in South America that are on the time zone of Toronto, please visit the Hilal Committee of Toronto www.hilalcommittee.com or get updates on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/HilalCommittee