There were no authenticated Hilal sighting reports anywhere in North America on Sunday, August 31 evening. The National Ulema & Astronomers Conference declared Ramadhan start on Tuesday September 2nd. Ramadan Mubarak.
Hundreds of experienced observers scattered from Albany NY to Brownsville, TX and several places in California tried to sight the Hilal and confirmed that the Ramadan Hilal was not visible anywhere inspite of clear skies. The decision to start Ramadan Tuesday is UNAINAMOUS for all the Hilal Sighting Committees of North America including New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Texas, California, Toronto etc. and also endorsed by ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), Zaytuna Institute, Shariah Board of America, Ulema Council of North America and many others Alhamdulillaah.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE ALL IN NORTH AMERICA TO REGISTER WITH THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS BY CLICKING THE LINK (http://www.hilalsighting.org/register.html) TO GET HILAL ALERTS Inshaâ€™Allaah. It only takes about 2 minutes and is Free. May Allaah SWT guide and help all Ummah with all the best. Aameen.
After the confusion in recent years about the correct Islamic dates from the Shariah perspective, with consistent efforts a consensus developed among the leading local Ulema (scholars) from multiple schools of thought and Muslim Astronomical Experts to establish the Hilal Sighting Committee of North America (www.hilalsighting.org ) in 1427H (2006G) Alhamdulillaah, following landmark meetings in New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Chicago, IL, Austin, TX and elsewhere.
Muslim unity can and should be achieved only on the basis of the Qurâ€™an and the Sunnah. Allah says: Hold fast to the rope of Allah and do not get divided (3:103). The Rope of Allah is the Kitaab Allah (the Qurâ€™an). According to the resolution by Ulema and Muslim Astronomical experts the Islamic month should begin in North America after a verifiable authentic sighting of the Hilal in North America. Muslim astronomical experts provide the sighting data and point out about the astronomical possibility of moonâ€™s earliest visibility somewhere in the US and Canada. They deliver their recommendation after carefully evaluating the eyewitness accounts. The final decision, is made by Ulema in the Shura of the Hilal Sighting Committee of North America and conveyed to registered members through e-mails and announced on the www.hilalsighting.org website.
Our website www.hilalsighting.org gives more details and shows you the results for the last about one year, often with photographs of the Hilal. For accurate results in North America, there is no better website Alhamdulillaah. Our website is also the highest ranked for Searches for the words â€œHilal Sightingâ€ Alhamdulillaah.
English language Video by Hilal Sighting Committee of North America on Hilal Sighting and Islamic Dates â€“ Issues and their Solution Inshaâ€™Allaah is available at http://baytuliman.org/pdf/Moon_Sighting_&_Islamic_Dates_Solution.wmv.
Another on this topic is at www.hilalsighting.org/papers/salman.pdf website. Please review, forward, translate, post etc.
For Arabic language video, on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 19:00 GMT there was an excellent interview on AlJazeera TV â€œBelaa Hudoodâ€ program about issues with the Saudi announced Hejiri dates including the last Dhul-Hijja date. The program featured Mohammad Odeh of the Islamic Crescentsâ€™ Observation Project (ICOP), Abu-Dhabi, UAE, and many other scholars from several countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Qatar and Algeria. This video, which refers to www.hilalsighting.org the website of Hilal Sighting Committee of North America, Alhamdulillaah, is also posted at that website and can be seen directly at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lx0rLtKPzbc
May Allaah SWT guide and help all Ummah to all the best in all affairs. Aameen. Jazakum Allaahu Khayran. WasSalaam.
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