ISNA/FCNA Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr Announcement

ISNA Special Announcement


First day of Ramadan will be Saturday, August 22, 2009 and Eid ul-Fitr on Sunday, September 20, 2009, inshaAllah.

“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.”

Qur’an 2: 183

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarram as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and the moon must set after sunset in Makkah.

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.

1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Ramadan 1430 AH: The astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 10:01 Universal Time (1:01 pm Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on August 20 is at 6:47 pm local time, while moonset at Makkah is at 6:46 pm local time (1 minute before sunset). Therefore the following day Friday, Au gust 21, 2009 is not the 1st day of Ramadan. First day of Ramadan is Saturday, August 22, insha’Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Friday night.

Eid ul-Fitr 1430 AH: The astronomical New Moon is on Friday, September 18, 2009, at 18:44 Universal Time (9:44 pm Makkah time). On Saturday, September 19, 2009, sunset at Makkah is 6:20 pm local time, while moonset is at 6:36 pm local time. Therefore, first day of Shawwal, i.e., Eid ul-Fitr is Sunday, September 20, insha’Allah.


2 replies
  1. Inayat Lalani
    Inayat Lalani says:

    I fully agree with ISNA/FCNA’s competence to pronounce the beginning of the Ramadan and the day of Eid-ul-Fitr based on astronomical calculations and I hope that the whole Muslim world will settle on ISNA/FCNA’s authority instead of endless quibbling that goes on year after year and around the world. ISNA/FCNA criteria are eminently reasonable.
    However, I was disappointed that you chose machine (i.e. “(text-to-speech”) rendition of the announcement with such highly artificial -and incorrect – pronunciations of some of the haloed highlights of Islam. Please have a man or woman with a pleasing voice and authentic pronunciations to redo the message in a human (and Muslim) voice!

  2. TMO
    TMO says:

    Odiogo is a free service which transmits written articles into audible messages. We are sorry that you do not like the Odiogo version of the story but that’s all we can do for now.